We had the very first exhibition opening yesterday evening at Hotel de la Paix!

Mak Remissa was supposed to be with us for the opening of his exhibition, “Water is Life”, but alas – the life of a news wire photographer can be rather unpredictable. The series is a reflection on the importance of water and its significance to the survival of nature. There were quite a few photographers trying to figure out how Remissa managed to create his photographs…

Sovan Philong was here though! He had to return to Phnom Penh this morning, but it was really great for him to come — especially since it was also his birthday yesterday!

Philong’s series “Crickets” chronicles the traditional practice of catching crickets in rural Siem Reap. We had bowls of fried cricket at the opening for visitors and guests who have not yet tried the popular snack.

A big congratulations to Remissa and Philong! Thanks to everyone who came – if you missed the opening, the exhibitions will be running till December 8 at Hotel de la Paix.

We hope you’ll like it as much as Sheila did.

After the opening, we headed over to the FCC Angkor for the second night of slideshows.

That’s a photo from Hajime Kimura’s ‘Solitary’ — to find out what you missed, you can get a copy of the daily slideshow line-up at the festival centre!