Siem Reap (River)

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© sean schmidt
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UploadedJanuary 4, 2008
TakenDecember 7, 2007
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D50
Exposure1/60 sec at f/5
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length28 mm
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December, 2007; this photograph was taken in Siem Reap, Cambodia, where no law currently exists to prohibit dumping of raw sewage into the Tonle Sap river. Directly connecting with the Tonle Sap- Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake- the river serves as a source for community ground wells and the local fishing industry. Siem Reap's fresh water concerns also include the depletion of local aquifers beneath the Angkor Wat Historical Park; an issue greatly affecting the future structural integrity of the city's landmark temples. While many responsible tourism initiatives have been adopted by hotels in the area, large volumes of tourists and poor local infrastructure have imposed threatening consequences on the future of Cambodia’s fastest growing city.

In the The Decisive Moment photo essay.

23 responses

  • dia tomee

    dia tomee said (4 Jan 2008):

    wonderful pink

  • Anthony Neste

    Anthony Neste (Deleted) gave props (30 Jan 2008):


  • Blake Fawley

    Blake Fawley (Deleted) said (21 Feb 2008):

    you get my yeah

  • Becky Timbers

    Becky Timbers gave props (22 Feb 2008):

    Great angle - I think these are the pics that need to get out and be seen by the public

  • Rachel Mckinnie

    Rachel Mckinnie gave props (27 Feb 2008):


  • Mandolin Davis

    Mandolin Davis gave props (6 Mar 2008):

    whoa...great photojournalism here.

  • melanie scott

    melanie scott gave props (17 Mar 2008):

    a disturbing and powerful image - perfect for the theme

  • Hunaid H

    Hunaid H gave props (20 Mar 2008):

    Very well done

  • lukas muisyo

    lukas muisyo said (21 Mar 2008):

    Great capture.

  • Arndt

    Arndt said (21 Mar 2008):

    Awesome photograph

  • cathy

    cathy said (26 Mar 2008):

    ohh man wicked good. go cubs!!

  • Heather Corkhill

    Heather Corkhill gave props (11 May 2008):

    great image with an interesting composition choice

  • Tammy Rice

    Tammy Rice gave props (15 Feb 2009):

    amazing pov and capture! fav

  • Belinda Berglof

    Belinda Berglof gave props (30 Mar 2009):

    just amazing. your use of space is very powerful!

  • Hans Joerg Krauth

    Hans Joerg Krauth said (8 Apr 2009):

    excellent !!

  • Adriana Bogani

    Adriana Bogani (Deleted) gave props (15 Apr 2009):

    Awakening photo. Provides with emotion and inspiration to take action.

  • Mal Stewart

    Mal Stewart gave props (11 May 2009):

    Bathing in crap............what a sad,sad state we are getting our planet in ! Total killer shot Sean...(maybe even litteraly).

  • Tania Losada

    Tania Losada gave props (8 Jul 2009):


  • *Tim Needles

    *Tim Needles gave props (6 Sep 2009):

    This is awesome!

  • Eric M

    Eric M said (7 Sep 2009):

    Wow, nice photo... horrid situation :(

  • Olivier Scher

    Olivier Scher gave props (26 Nov 2009):

    No word... +++

  • D. Smetana

    D. Smetana gave props (20 Apr 2010):

    how disturbing and sad...great capture

  • reza juanda

    reza juanda said (10 Jun 2010):

    speechless...what a great moment...i got the soul of it...

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