Between 2003-2004, I worked as a volunteer in the Cambodian community of Oakland, CA. I grew up in small town, USA and at the time was unaware of the amount of culture and the things that the Cambodian people went through during the Pol Pot genocide. I heard so many stories of pain and loss and I met with many Cambodians who told stories of loved ones passed, but no photos remained. Most records were destroyed and a surprising amount of Cambodians don’t know their true birthdate.
It wasn’t until I got back from my first trip to Cambodia in 2006 that I had the idea to take family photos in some of the poor, less-traveled areas of the country. After keeping the idea in the back of my mind for years, I saw the opportunity for it to happen through a Kickstarter campaign. You can see a small selection of my personal work in Cambodia here.