The Big Picture

Stunning images and the stories behind them

Photo by Jeff Hartman

By nature I am a big picture kind of guy. I prefer to see the entire situation before I make a decision. Whenever I travel to a new place I try to find the highest point so I can look out and see my surroundings. It usually gives me a better understanding of where I am.

JH- 4074Phnom Penh is a busy, congested place and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Trying to navigate amongst the chaos is tiresome and many times you just want some fresh air and a good view.

One evening a particular building caught my eye. It appeared to be taller than most, and even looked like it had a potential oasis at the top. I walked towards the building and it ended up being the Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel. I took the elevator up to the oasis to find not only an amazing view of the city but a rare rainy-season sunset as well.

As I looked below, I saw a political rally going through one of the busiest intersections along the famous Sisowath Quay road. I grabbed my camera, slowed the shutter speed and snapped this photo.