I never set out to make post cards, I think they found me. Originally, I sold Khmer culture prints to tourists, this kind of evolved into running several thousand postcards and having a go. It came down to the cost of prints / framing, the cost of printing a standard post card and the price a tourist is willing to pay (ignoring the large competition now!).
I had a good idea what would and would not sell from my experience with the prints. With that in mind, the first print run needed a good collection with varied content, some of which I had already. I set out to complete the collection, strengthening it with fun images of the sights we see on the roads, only in Cambodia, #oic.
People naturally enjoy the craziness they see on the roads here (although driving on them is a different matter), echoed in the success of the book ‘Carrying Cambodia‘ by Connor Wall. Living here for many years, I’ve seen most things, but still some things surprise me. After adjusting to the madness on my
first visit back in 2008, my first real encounter of an extreme crazy load was with a people carrier near Orussey Market, Phnom Penh. It
was loaded with electrical goods on top and out the back, to over twice the height of the van, it would rock when coming to a halt! Oh to have a Camera at the right time – lesson learn’t.
As they say, the best camera is the one
in your hand, right time right place. So to increase my luck, during my spare time I would sit beside the roadside waiting for that ‘crazy load’. Quite often I’d have success, but it never happens as you expect, and mostly the more radical loads were spotted by chance. Main highways into towns early or late in the day were good, but by far the best places are near the land borders, where it seems anything goes. Now, with the smart phone, those chance sightings are almost possible sometimes. It’s all good fun and thats how I want it to stay. When the Khmer see you with the camera it always brings out a smile, Cambodia :).