Cambodia Project Development

Final Major Project Posts
  • The People’s Vote October 2, 2019 Data is an interesting thing, and not something one normally associates with artistic endeavours. Yet, just as we get feedback on our work from tutors, ... Read more...
  • Webinar with Wendy – Sept 25th September 25, 2019 Had a good webinar with Wendy today. I started by saying that I was quite pleased with how things had developed, and could now see ... Read more...
  • Finalising the images September 23, 2019 As previously noted, thanks to input from both Gem and Richard Young (a fellow member of the PhotoBath collective), I think I had a bit ... Read more...
  • PhotoBath ‘Witness’ Exhibition September 14, 2019 The PhotoBath Witness exhibition is on from October 1st until the 6th. As previously noted, one of my images was selected by the curators (Benedict ... Read more...
  • Tutorial with Krishna August 21, 2019 Very good conversation last evening with Krishna and Ash. Both were encouraging about the status of my FMP. We discussed the use of quotes as an ... Read more...
  • Book material samples August 20, 2019 I have just got the samples from Phnom Penh. Whilst I had seen paper samples and such when there, I had not seen a completed ... Read more...
  • Multi-media August 20, 2019 I finally got around to working through some ‘road trip’ photography from my last Cambodia visit. When Simeth and I were driving north, I decided ... Read more...
  • Portfolios of Stories August 19, 2019 I have started thinking about Wendy’s challenge – to create mini-portfolios of the Unfinished Stories – to help the creative juices flow, look at ways ... Read more...
  • Week Eleven Reflections August 19, 2019 I spent a great deal of time working through the book this past week, and in particular making sure the Cambodian History was accurate and ... Read more...
  • National Library of Cambodia August 15, 2019 Header image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Library_of_Cambodia#/media/File:National_Library_-_panoramio_(1).jpg .. Creative Commons License Read more...
  • Week Ten Reflections August 13, 2019 It is the ‘final’ push on the Book at the moment – Vicky is hoping to get the file updated this weekend. I am still awaiting ... Read more...
  • Exhibition Print August 10, 2019 I ordered an A1 sized print from Loxley, using their premium metallic/perspex finish. It was completed and delivered within 4 working days. As noted before, ... Read more...
  • Stereotypes and Navajo August 9, 2019 I have just finished reading Photography’s Other Histories, edited by Christopher Pinney and Nicolas Peterson. It is a well-researched work covering a lot of ground ... Read more...
  • Archives August 6, 2019 For both the book and the exhibition, I want to illustrate some of the history of Cambodia, and especially the Khmer Rouge years.. My own ... Read more...
  • At the mercy of HM Government … August 4, 2019 Read more...
  • PhotoBath Showcase 4 August 4, 2019 The curation team have chosen four of my images for the upcoming Showcase book, with a different selection to the RPS Contemporary Group. I need ... Read more...
  • Without Honor – Arnold J Isaacs August 2, 2019 The U.S. intervention was a military, political strategic, and moral catastrophe for which only Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, not the acts of ... Read more...
  • RPS Contemporary Group August 2, 2019 I had noted in May that the RPS Contemporary Group planned to publish some of my work. Well, on returning from Rencontres d’Arles and vacation, ... Read more...
  • Week Eight Reflections July 28, 2019 This was our first visit to Rencontres d’Arles, and it will not be the last. A terrific experience. The venues and presentation puts Paris Photo, ... Read more...
  • Angkor Chum July 18, 2019 One story that will not feature in the book is one that concerns our family. It also is an exercise in rephotography, in the sense ... Read more...
  • FMP Proposal feedback from Wendy July 17, 2019 Had a good conversation with Wendy of my proposal for FMP. Feedback was good, and I think the proposal (and project) was well received. Wendy ... Read more...
  • First Book Spreads July 16, 2019 The content of the book is coming along, and Vicky has been doing some design layouts, which look great. This evening, she created a series of ... Read more...
  • A Sense of Place July 13, 2019 I have been reading James Tyner’s book, The Killing of Cambodia: Geography, Genocide and the Unmasking of Space. It is well established that in defining Year Zero, ... Read more...
  • Sarath – Earliest Photographs July 3, 2019 Sarath and his family destroyed any photographs they had during the Khmer Rouge years, for fear of being interrogated about their past. He has been ... Read more...
  • Cambodia Historical Timeline July 2, 2019 I have completed a thorough update of the historical timeline, cross checked with multiple official and academic sources. I expect to use the most relevant items ... Read more...
  • Roland Neveu July 1, 2019 Roland Neveu, a journalist born in Brittany, and now living in Bangkok, took many iconic photographs of the Khmer Rouge takeover of Phnom Penh, in ... Read more...
  • Legal Complexities – the ECCC June 30, 2019 In 2003 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution approving a proposed agreement reached between the UN and Cambodia concerning the prosecution of those ... Read more...
  • DC-Cam Archives June 30, 2019 As part of the FMP Installation, I intend to have a section on the history of the Khmer Rouge. The Documentation Centre of Cambodia (DC-Cam), ... Read more...
  • Cambodian History June 25, 2019 As part of any installation, public discussion or book, I need to ensure that the presentation of the facts of history are totally correct. This ... Read more...
  • FMP Project Proposal June 22, 2019 Submitted the Proposal, timeline and Risk assessment Downloadable here: FMP Final Project Proposal & Risk Assessment ………………….. Header: Mick Yates. 2001. Ta Prohm, Angkor. Read more...
  • Print Exploration June 22, 2019 For a few years, I have used Loxley Colour in Scotland as my exhibition printer, and they are the provider for any customer orders taken ... Read more...
  • Cambodia Project Ethics June 17, 2019 There are several layers in any ethical discussion of photographs. I am researching new ways to address these issues, with global relevance. This includes research ... Read more...
  • Lewis Bush – Storytelling Workshop June 16, 2019 I attending a workshop this weekend with Lewis Bush, on Storytelling. A little while ago I had written on ‘Narrative versus Story‘, which included some ... Read more...
  • FMP Week One Reflections June 9, 2019 Well, here we go. the end of the first week of Final Major Project, although (based on my CRJ writings), it does seem to have ... Read more...
  • Venue for FMP Installation June 7, 2019 I got confirmation today that I have two weeks at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, December 4th onwards (effectively until Christmas).  This is ... Read more...
  • Pecha Kucha Feedback June 5, 2019 Had the first proper 1-1 with Wendy on the FMP, around the Pecha Kucha. I think it’s fair to say Wendy really liked the presentation and ... Read more...
  • Pecha Kucha June 4, 2019  1 In 1994 we made our first visit to Cambodia. Here is the beautiful Ta Prohm, in Angkor. But we soon realised that the country was ... Read more...
  • My Practice and Slide Film June 2, 2019 In the FMP, I will be re-looking at my photographic and other archives. Pretty much from the start of my photography, I used 35mm slide film. ... Read more...
  • Webinar with Wendy April 30, 2019 Had a very good ‘kick-off’ conversation with Wendy, today. We talked a little about the FMP process, and where I was on the Cambodian project. I ... Read more...
  • Book Design Inspiration April 30, 2019 In searching for inspiration for the book design, Vicky found Anna Kremenetskaya’s work, for a book on the Berlin Wall. We were both taken by ... Read more...
Informing & Contexts Posts
Positions & Practice Posts
  • Traces April 17, 2018 I am considering ways to use post-processing in the representation of traces, as part of the Cambodia project. The intent is to heighten emotional engagement ... Read more...
  • Positions and Practice Oral Presentation – Final April 1, 2018  YouTube Original April 17th, 1975, after years of war, the Khmer Rouge entered Phnom Penh. Within twenty-four hours they emptied the city of 2 million people, and ... Read more...
  • The Cruel Radiance – Susie Linfield March 18, 2018 I just read The Cruel Radiance: Photography and Political violence, by Susie Linfield (University of Chicago Press, 2010), and found it totally fascinating. Essentially, Linfield ... Read more...
  • Oral Presentation – Draft March 8, 2018  April 17th, 1975, after years of war, the Khmer Rouge entered Phnom Penh. Within twenty four hours they emptied the city of around 2 million people, ... Read more...
  • The Camera as Judge and Executioner February 15, 2018 Archiving the Unspeakable, by Michelle Caswell, is a fascinating read. It deals with the role of photographic archives in the activities of the Khmer Rouge ... Read more...
  • Other than … Year Zero February 4, 2018 In April 1994, Ingrid and I first visited Cambodia, with our three youngest children. Michala was 6, Victoria was 4, and Dan was just over ... Read more...
  • Possible Cambodia documentary project January 24, 2018 We first visited Cambodia in 1994, with our three youngest children, Michala, Vicky & Dan. Dan was 18 months old at the time. And we ... Read more...
Surfaces & Strategies Posts
  • Book Dummy August 20, 2018 Now that I have completed selection of images for the Work in Progress portfolio, and finished Landings, it seemed right to update the book dummy. I ... Read more...
  • Week Ten Reflections – Landscape, Context and WIP August 12, 2018 My reflections this week are about my photographic approach to ‘aftermath’. Christian Schwager, a Swiss photographer, made a series My Lovely Bosnia (2003 – 2005), around the still-present ... Read more...
  • Negative Traces August 5, 2018 The impact of the Genocide of 1975-1979 is still, in many ways, hidden. It is visible only in traces, both physical and psychological. My project is ... Read more...
  • Week Nine reflections – Cambodian Narrative August 4, 2018 It was a very busy but productive time in Cambodia. My reflections this week (partly whilst sitting on the plane home) are about clarifying the narrative. ... Read more...
  • Week Eight Reflections – Cambodia – My Practice July 29, 2018 Another intense week. I left London on Saturday morning, having completed a 4 day, full-on shoot with Andrew Mlangeni. I arrived in Phnom Penh on Sunday ... Read more...
  • Conversation with Lukas Birk July 13, 2018 Following an introduction from Cemre, had a terrific conversation today with Lukas Birk. I explained a little of my background, motivations and the Cambodia project itself. These ... Read more...
  • Negatives July 12, 2018 Interesting webinar with Cemre, Sarah, Danny & Ant. We were sharing our exhibition thinking, including Landings. Amongst other things, I shared the experimental ‘negatives’ work ... Read more...
  • Installation July 11, 2018 Just trying to pull together some ideas on a possible installation – not for August, as part of Landings, but looking to the future. I envisage ... Read more...
  • Showing the Hidden July 4, 2018 The Landings Exhibition is in preparation, and there is a call for entries. At the same time, I am continuing to explore the idea of ‘traces’ ... Read more...
  • Cambodia – 2000 July 2, 2018 This week I am going through the archives, for rephotography purposes, as on my next trip I will be travelling up to Anlong Veng, and ... Read more...
  • Ghosts, Traces & Stories June 9, 2018 I am looking for ways to tell today’s story whilst also bringing yesterday’s in front of the viewer. Anyone who has visited a Genocide Museum, anywhere ... Read more...
  • It’s Not All About Genocide June 8, 2018 It has always been my intent to go back and re-imagine the journey that we took with Sarath, though I have, to now, seen that ... Read more...
  • A Place Over Time June 4, 2018 In the first week of Surfaces & Strategies, we were asked to consider a ‘Place over Time’, with these steps: Choose a previously made image that ... Read more...
Sustainable Prospects Posts
  • Week Nine Reflections – Reconciliation November 23, 2018 My main reflections at the moment are about reconciliation. First, how to I reconcile my work in Cambodia as a photographer, with that of an educator? ... Read more...
  • S-21 Data November 21, 2018 Youk Chhang, of DC-Cam (Documentation Center of Cambodia), provided me with data coming from research associated with the UN sponsored Tribunal. In a 2017 email, he ... Read more...
  • Week Seven Reflections – Paris Photo November 14, 2018 It was the week of a Falmouth Face to Face around Paris Photo, which we combined with family time in the city. Here’s my reflections ... Read more...
  • Week Six Reflections – Part Two November 5, 2018 I sometimes try to separate the photographic focus of the MA, and my personal role as a ‘Cambodian Educator’, of almost twenty years standing, as ... Read more...
  • Week Six Reflections – Part One November 5, 2018 These are some thoughts on week two of my Cambodia trip. As noted last week, the main purpose is to see how much progress I can make ... Read more...
  • A Prayer from Hell November 5, 2018 In Phnom Penh last week, I met Youk Chhang for the first time. The visit including a lot of such networking activities, in order to ... Read more...
  • Gatiloke, Genocide and the Narrative November 3, 2018 After an intense but (I believe) successful two weeks in Cambodia, there are many things I need to write about. There is however an overarching ... Read more...
  • Week Five Reflections – Cambodia October 27, 2018 The focus of the week was Cambodia. I arrived on Wednesday, from London via Singapore. From our home to the hotel takes about 22 hours. ... Read more...
  • Meet Someone New October 25, 2018 I am responding here to the ‘Meet Someone New” challenge. This is alway a good idea, though I must admit I have preferred usually to do ... Read more...