Sunday, May 20, 2012

Phnom Penh Street at Night

Phnom Penh Street at Night - Chris Coles

Phnom Penh's come a million miles since the Khmer Rouge and Year Zero but it's still a city with an edge, especially at night. Entire buildings and city blocks are often dark and unlit, sidewalks and streets in disrepair, piles of garbage are strewn in every direction. A small group of "Big Men" have their Mercedes, Toyota Land Cruisers and Lexus SUV, but most of the people who inhabit Phnom Penh grind away on almost nothing, living day to day, no real savings, no prospects, a daily darwinistic struggle for low-level survival .....with just a faint glimmer of hope far, far away, on a distant neon horizon.....