I was searching through some images last night and as I was making my way through my Cambodia collections the thought occurred to me that I had a lot of casual people pictures. Every one of them made me feel more connected to the country and the time that I spent there. Loving to travel, as I do, I think it is important to document everything I see. Not just the touristy things like monuments and temples (believe me when I tell you that I have more than my fair share of those). I think to really improve your travel photography you should include the people and the culture that embody the true spirit of the country. There is no one better at this than my buddy Vincent Versace. Vincent recently returned from a trip to India (thankfully before all Hell broke loose) and when he posted images from his travels on Flickr, there were few if any pictures of the scenery. It seems as though he spent his entire time just shooting the people of India.
The thing is that you can tell so much about the country from the faces of those that live and work there. So next time you travel to some exotic location, or even not so exotic, keep an eye out for the real monuments, the people.
Here’s a few that I rounded up from my trip to Cambodia. (Click on the images for a larger view)