This series documents time standing still in the temples of Angkor. Located in Northwestern Cambodia, the central Angkor Wat (temple city) and fifty Buddhist and Hindu temples are surrounded by a decayed water system that was once a modern marvel. This UNESCO world heritage site is considered both the largest religious complex and the largest pre-industrial urban centre in the world.
Once servicing over 700,000 people, Angkor Wat was abandoned in the mid-15th century when severe drought followed heavy monsoon rains. Today the city stands as a reminder of the destructive forces of nature and the inevitability of change.
This exhibit draws parallels between the ancient city of Angkor Wat and our own modern-day civilization.
Each photograph reminds us that we are not the first to face unpredictable consequences of nature and sudden environmental shifts. Ultimately, nature will always be more powerful than any civilization we create.
Looking back at this moment in time helps us define what matters most to us, and to apply meaning and importance to our connections and communities rather than material items. We ask the audience to recognize the impermanence of our civilizations and to meditate on what is truly valuable in our lives.
This exhibit also questions which stories lie hidden in nature’s oceans, forests and mountainous terrains; What chapters of history are doomed to be repeated because their lessons have been lost in the depths of nature? How does revealing this exquisite past life impact the way we perceive our past, present, and future?
Buddha teaches that “You only lose what you cling to.” Change is the only constant and Everything will return to nature. This exhibit compels us to ask: “What is important enough to cling to?” Angkor invites us to meditate on the patterns that imbue our lives with meaning, and the resilience of the human spirit throughout time.