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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