Who was I kidding? Angkor Archaeological Park has got to be one of the most photographed sites in the world. My camera is a cheap, tepid, point and shoot that I impulsively bought when I couldn’t find the cameras I wanted back in Hawaii. What could I do to make my pictures stand out? What could I do differently?
Take pictures of people taking pictures, of course!
This isn’t to say I didn’t snap away at the temples, I did – a plenty. The crowds were light because it’s the rainy season. I went for 3 days and I’m looking forward to going again. I understand why Lonely Planet named Angkor Wat, the #1 place to visit in their Ultimate Travelist of 2015. I had so much fun. #nerd
I’ll probably write a couple more posts on Angkor Wat, but I wanted to start off with photos of people taking pictures. It felt a little naughty, sometimes. Other times, I was amazed by the jarring narcissism. One woman in particular took so many selfies that it became abundant she was more interested in taking pictures of herself than the ruins.
Yoga poses were also popular. As was copying what other people did, monkey see monkey do what other people are doing. I’m a big fan of people-watching, but this was my first time recording it. And I must say, it helped me to accept the crowds and have fun, as they are inevitably part of the experience and the landscape.
And no, I didn’t see any naked tourists.
Do you take pictures of strangers? Do you ask before clicking? And finally, do you have a stalker lens? 😉