Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Robert Buono in Cambodia

Angkor Tom

The more I look at photographs,
the more I see
who is behind the lens
instead of what is in front of it.

So -- it looks like this has become
yet another one of my internet projects:
to collect all the photo sets
of Angkor Wat and vicinity.

And this is a sculptor eye's
emphasizing the projection,
and the dramatic.

I'm guessing that this is one of the views
that the architects were planning for ---
i.e. a grand processional

Wouldn't it be wonderful
to have giant portrait heads
of your own face
dominating a landscape?

How I envy that king !

And how can one be king,
if one does not have armies ?

As a former warrior in Southeast Asia himself,
Robert might have been expected
to find those martial scenes
that my other friends have missed.

Another great processional.

What else was there to do in the temples of Khmer
back in their hey-day,
other than to have parades.

The mind boggles to contemplate a society
that had as many sculptors
as we have computer programmers.


Blogger Robert said...

Perhaps we should meet in Cambodia one day Chris. You could have a go at explaining the merits if all this! I understand the food is quite good too. We may have to walk or catch a tramp steamer to avoid the carbon footprint.

We are obsessed with weather here in England because we have more of it than most people but we do not have frozen lighthouses like Like you have on Lake Mitchigan.

Cambodia looks like a better place to be in January. Perhaps like your friend Gaugine we could work our way over there and do some "good sculpture" in the Far East instead of just admiring it.

January 03, 2008  
Blogger Chev said...

I was there too in December 2007. Visited Angkor Wat, Bayon and Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm on Boxing Day, 26 December 2007.

January 09, 2008  

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