By Brittanny Connolly
“Angkorwat, Cambodia” by Phil Borges
Angkorwat, Cambodia by Phil Borges depicts not only the magnificence of photography, but of nature and the world we live in. Three monks dressed in orange robes draw the viewer’s eye into the photograph, their garments bright and vibrant against the earth tones behind them. A colossal tree drapes over the walls of the temple, letting the viewer know how ancient the temple itself actually is. Although the temple was built by man, it looks almost as natural in the quiet forest as the tree that cradles it. You can almost feel the cool air emanating off the stone mixed with the dampness of the forest. The peacefulness that is produced by the subject of this image is astounding and its beauty lies in the calm silence the surrounds its subjects.
This amazing photograph will be part of the Josephine Herrick Project 2013 MODERN MASTERS OF PHOTOGRAPHY BENEFIT AUCTION on November 4, 2013 in NYC. For more information about the auction, please visit: http://jhproject.org/benefit/
BIO: For over twenty-five years Phil Borges has been documenting indigenous and tribal cultures, striving to create an understanding of the challenges they face. His work is exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide and his award winning books, which have been published in four languages, include Tibetan Portrait, Enduring Spirit, Women Empowered and Tibet: Culture on the Edge. He has hosted television documentaries on indigenous cultures for Discovery and National Geographic channels. Phil also lectures and teaches internationally.
Phil’s recent project, Inner Worlds, explores cultural differences with respect to consciousness, mental illness and the relevance of Shamanic traditional practices and beliefs to those of us living in the modern world.
Phil’s program Stirring the Fire has produced several short documentaries, a book and an exhibition highlighting some of the extraordinary women worldwide who are breaking through gender barriers and conventions in order to enhance the well being of their communities.
In 2000 Phil founded Bridges to Understanding, an online classroom program that connects youth worldwide through digital storytelling in order to enhance cross-cultural understanding and help build a sense of global citizenship in youth. He also co-founded Blue Earth Alliance, a 501c3 that sponsors photographic projects focusing on endangered cultures and threatened environments.
Phil graduated from University of California as a Regents Scholar in 1969 and was honored with their prestigious University of California Medal in 2004. He lives with his family in Seattle. http://www.philborges.com/