Our photography features take a varied trip through time and space; this week, we’re taking a journey to Cambodia in the modern day, but not for leisure. In recent years, the country has become well-established as a holiday destination, especially among thousands of Western gap-year students looking to immerse themselves in an unfamiliar culture. Like its neighbouring country Vietnam, Cambodia was developmentally hampered by civil unrest over the 20th century, chiefly during the Cambodian Civil War and the subsequent rule of the ruthless Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot.
Between 1975 and 1979, the Cambodian genocide led to around two million deaths. Following Pol Pot’s subsequent expungement, it took many years for the country to return to relative peace. Over the past four decades, Cambodia has managed to realign itself within the global community thanks to widespread industrial development. Recently, capital injection from Cambodia’s blooming clothes manufacturing and tourism industries has given rise to advanced urbanisation and gentrification.
For this week’s collection, I spoke to Andy Ball, a British photographer and videographer currently stationed in Cambodia, where he looks to use his lens to explore the country’s vibrant culture amid meteoric industrial development. Today, we’re excited to introduce his ‘Lost Lands’ collection, which highlights the negative impacts of Cambodia’s burgeoning sand mining activity.