Amazing Cambodian Deities On Trees
Imagine, if you will, walking through the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Itís a balmy evening, and while itís dark you can still feel the dayís heat
rising from the pavement slabs. You have just finished watching a film with
friends, and you are returning to your inner city apartment. Imagine your
surprise when you see the ghostly image of Buddha appear before you in the
leaves of a tree. You blink yourself silly trying to work out whether this is
your moment of truth, or whether it is the work of an amazing artist. Such was
the dilemma facing Cambodians recently during Clement Briendís exhibition,
French photographer Briend is very good at taking pictures. He is also very good
at projecting digital images onto unassuming surfaces to create interesting
dichotomies. During his time away from being a professor of art at University of
Valenciennes, Clement traveled to Cambodia to explore this technique. Setting
these night time incarnations against an urban backdrop gives his work a
uniquely haunting appeal.