Garbage Dump, Phnom Penh

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© Henry Bowman
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The thick smoke turns your tears to acid in your eyes

From your nose, a constant flow of mucus moistens your lips

Your throat burns as you cough up the ashes

This landscape of perpetual burning plastic, paper, wood, cloth and metal is where people hunt for salvageable “treasures” through the debris with picks and rakes

They live and eat in a clustered community on the fringes of this surreal, hostile, environment

Disease, malnutrition and injuries are the order of the day

This is where the things no longer needed go

This is where the people we no longer care about end up

In the Tossed! photo essay.

11 responses

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (21 Feb 2008):

    Wow, heavy and powerful.

  • Stevincent Moseley

    Stevincent Moseley said (21 Feb 2008):

    strong image... sad

  • Chua Siew Peng(cherlyn)

    Chua Siew Peng(cherlyn) gave props (23 Feb 2008):

    A good documentary shot.

  • Christa McHugh

    Christa McHugh said (29 Feb 2008):

    Powerful!

  • Jan Verbeke

    Jan Verbeke gave props (6 Mar 2008):

    Good thing you have not increased the contrast and reduced the mist, because it details the environment here.

  • melanie scott

    melanie scott gave props (17 Mar 2008):

    strong image and great for the theme

  • ! Mario Scattoloni ¡

    ! Mario Scattoloni ¡ gave props (17 Mar 2008):

    Scary stuff & a very powerful image indeed.

  • Gary Fudge

    Gary Fudge (Deleted) gave props (20 Mar 2008):

    Very powerful! Voted+

  • Mojca Savicki

    Mojca Savicki said (22 Mar 2008):

    Sad, sad story....You got my vote

  • Joshua Blankman

    Joshua Blankman gave props (25 Mar 2008):

    Strong photo and story. All of the photos from this set are so powerful and well expressed. They truly show such emotion.

  • John Beamish

    John Beamish said (28 Mar 2008):

    Wow, very hard hitting. Really leaves a strong impression. This series needs to be published so more people can see in the very least just how lucky they are and ultimately initiate action. Got my vote for sure.

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