I feel pretty, oh so pretty…
Photography series by Dana Langlois
Since young, I have been interested by the creativity and freedom of photography. I eventually pursued it through university and earned my degree. Since then I have developed a greater appreciation for the beauty of photography as an art form and how it allows me to explore the world and individual’s lives.
I have worked mainly with B&W negatives, which I prefer because of its natural variations and the printing process. I am inspired by photographers Michael Ackerman, Diane Arbus, Philippe Bordas and many others.
I have conducted several personal projects on a variety of subjects. I am especially intrigued by the evolution of society and individuals. How one can change themselves, become something else.
I was immediately fascinated by Kiki and his friends, who are transgender performers from Thailand. I first saw them perform at a Mardi Gras party. I was amazed by their costumes, their movements and gracefulness that belied their masculinity. Shortly after, I asked them to be photographed, to which they agreed. We staged a performance at a borrowed discotheque, and this series is the result. My goal was to capture movement and texture and some of the individual’s character.
Currently I am continuing my personal projects which include documenting musicians/artisans and their families in the Tonle Bassac, and compiling “carnets des voyages” of events and places.
LIGHTS AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD.
Oil paintings by David Harding
This collection of works represents images of Phnom Penh’s street children and youth. In my position as a technical assistant of Friends International and its work with the Cambodian Non Governmental Organization Mith Samlanh, I have been offered the opportunity to look deep in to the lives and issues of street living and working youth. These are lives full of sadness and trauma, full of the possibilities of youth, full of hopes both unfulfilled and realized, and full of the prejudices that can only be inflicted most on those who are the poorest, weakest, and therefore the least powerful.
This collection I have called 'Lights at the Edge of the World' because these young people live on the fringes of a society that at best ignores them, and at worst exploits them and treats them as the root of societies woes.
They often come from the far provinces, from areas that have barely joined the 20th century, and now live in an environment surrounded by mobile phones, internet cafes, expensive four wheel drive vehicles, and candy skin villas, all the accoutrements of the 21st century.
They are lights to me because rarely have I met children and young people with such tenacity, courage, problem solving, and decision making skills, independence of spirit, and when allowed, joy of life.