I am always reluctant about taking photographs of children even though they play an integral part in the production, sale and capture of Cambodian food. In part, it’s a consent issue. Partly, it is because I don’t find children interesting and don’t want to despoil my camera of valuable bytes with them. Thankfully, there are more nuanced approaches to capturing kids at work, such as the upcoming exhibit by Jerry Redfern, the other half of Rambling Spoon. He is exhibiting his shots of working Cambodian children, opening at 6:30 pm, 10 February 2007 at Le Popil Gallery in Phnom Penh. Sneak preview at his website.
Above shot is mine, from a roadside stop on the outskirts of Sihanoukville.
Addendum (7 February 2007): “Jerry Coates” is actually named Jerry Redfern. Karen Coates is not to be confused for “Karen Redfern“, the Brazilian squash superstar. Ahoy there, factual accuracy.