Cambodia: Paddy Field Workers

I was in Cambodia during the first cut of the rice harvest when the farmers thin out the crop before the rains come. We hired a motorbike and rode lost through the countryside around Kampot visiting monasteries and hot, humid caves of sleeping bats and stopped to watch families working in the fields to beat the monsoon.

I took a lot of portraits of this guy as he took a break from work. He reminded me of a fifties cowboy matinee idol. These shots were taken in an open field as the first monsoon clouds swept by, hence the very different lighting.