Angkor Wat is the best preserved example of Khmer architecture in Cambodia and is so grand in design that some rank it among the seven wonders of the world. It appears on the Cambodian national flag, a very rare instance of a flag incorporating an image of a building. The "lost city" of Angkor first attracted the interest of Europeans in the 1800s after Cambodia was colonized by the French. Today, Angkor Wat continues to draw thousands of visitors anxious to see this remarkable ancient temple in the jungle.
In addition to many tourists, Buddhist monks are daily visitors to Angkor Wat, their bright orange robes making a vivid contrast with the grey stone of the temple. Since Angkor Wat was once an important Buddhist shrine, a visit to the temple is a pilgrimage for them. They come from within Cambodia and from all over the world. Their presence adds a mystical atmosphere to the temple.
I was born in Bangladesh and by profession I'm an Architect. I have started loving Photography since 1992, when I saw some master's work and I realize this is my world. I am self taught, I learned photography by reading, experimenting and making mistakes. Unavailability of Film in my Home country, In 2007 I started working in digital and it was this new technology that helped transform me from a photographer and into an artist. After a lot of thinking and struggling, I concluded that what I really wanted to do was create images with life, not capture photographs. I have continued to explore many different subjects and styles as my vision constantly changes. So after much hard work, and with a change in my thinking, I transformed myself into an artist.
Early on in my career people would tell me to pick just one thing, focus on it and become known for it. Some suggested that I should choose landscapes and stick with that. However that advice never rang true for me, I did not want choose one thing and I believe that you must do what you love or you'll never be successful. I like to focus on my subject and my vision, not on my equipment or the processes. So I shoot simple and light, carrying just what I need. I work alone, I cannot relax if someone is with me and I feel like I'm holding them up, even other photographers or my family! And I must not have any other commitments for that day because I do not want to feel rushed or have to quite at a certain time. I cannot be creative if there are any distractions or constraints on me.
Photography, for me, is a way of life and a fantastic one. And if it is a 'way of life' for you, you are passionate about it every moment of the day - and often in your dreams, as well. That's what it is for me - and more. Connect with Mahfuzul Hasan Bhuiyan on:
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... as long as there's an advanced Maths course in a (not necessarily) nearby country. He's known for pushing friends into the most expensive photographic equipment... several family inheritances have been wasted, but they often acknowledge his smart advices. Owner of a clinical eye, he can spot perfection amidst chaos as easily as a small imperfection on a perfect photo. He's also an occasional stork stalker and, above all, a caring father of two beautiful children. Gastão's current location: Covilhã, Portugal.
... give us a hand. He's our Computer Science genius and is currently addicted to photographing cats. He's a natural born optimist who makes a joke out of anything... don't mess with his Toyota though. Eventually, his stocks will rise from death and he'll invest in livestock and vineyards. He's got highly trained fingers either playing the piano or shortcutting photoshop. We hope he'll stick around after marrying his college sweetheart. In the mean time, he'll dissect every submitted photograph into binary code. Pedro's current location: Covilhã, Portugal.
... would only be true if reading travel, geographic and surfing books/magazines accounted some mileage. He checks his e-mail every 2 minutes and he's often seen going cold-turkey when offline. Still divided between several walks of life, he strongly believes in Murphy's law "If anything can go wrong, it will". Photography plays a huge role in his life, at least judging by his conversation topics. Gray hair will eventually take the better of him. Pedro's current location: Covilhã, Portugal. Pedro's blog, personal/work homepage and facebook.