Being a Good (Great) Artist - Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom

Being a Good (Great) Artist - Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom

Being a Good (Great) Artist - Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom

“Picasso had a saying - 'good artists copy, great artists steal' - and we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.” - Steve Jobs

Built around 1190 AD by King Jayavarman VII, Bayon is a Buddhist temple, but it incorporates elements of Hindu cosmology. Located north of the more famous Angkor Wat, Bayon is known for its huge, smiling stone faces and everywhere I went I felt like I was being watched, much like being at a U.S. airport with the Transportation Security Administration looking on.

Being a “good” artist I copied this photo composition from the front cover of Lonely Planet’s Cambodia guide (I did add my originality to it by shooting the opposite side of the face). I took it a step further and tweaked the colors in post production to get a somewhat similar result. I guess that makes me a “great” artist!

I’m writing this update from my hostel in Mexico City. It’s been a great trip so far and I’ve come away with some spectacular images from the colonial towns of San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato. I’ll be leaving for Oaxaca tomorrow where I’ll be photographing one of Mexico’s famous celebrations, El Dia de Muertos (The Day of the Dead). Follow me over at Facebook and Twitter for daily updates.

Leah seun hai, adios and goodbye for now!

Happy Travels!

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Read more about Angkor

Cambodia's Angkor is, quite simply, one of the most splendid attractions in all of Southeast Asia. Long considered "lost", the ruins of Angkor were never really lost to the Khmers, who have used the monuments as religious sites throughout their history.

The myth of "The Lost Ruins of Angkor" is more suited to an Angelina Jolie film than the history books. The story more or less begins with their being "rediscovered" by Western explorers in the 19th century, beginning with the French botanist Henri Mahout who stumbled across Angkor Wat in 1860. Few remember though that Mahout was led to the site by a Khmer guide and that when he arrived, he found a flourishing Buddhist monastery within the temple grounds.

During the Khmer Rouge period, the ruins were largely left to their own devices.Like most Khmers, even Pol Pot was unable to shake the power of the site, saying in 1977, "If our people can make Angkor, they can make anything."

Never lost, lost then ... Read our complete Angkor travel guide

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