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Leaving Phnom Penh today for Stung Treng to continue working on the ‘Dammed’ project. Will be back at the end of the week…

See the first batch of photographs AT THIS LINK

CAMBODIA. Veun Sai (Ratanakkiri). 21/02/2013: Volleyball field submerged by the Sesan river. The river is subject to rather unpredictable daily surges because of water released by the Vietnam located Yali dam. A massive water release in 2009 caused considerable damage to several villages, destroying houses and killing livestock.

CAMBODIA. Veun Sai (Ratanakkiri). 21/02/2013: Volleyball field submerged by the Sesan river. The river is subject to rather unpredictable daily surges because of water released by the Vietnam located Yali dam. A massive water release in 2009 caused considerable damage to several villages, destroying houses and killing livestock.

On the way back to Phnom Penh… sleepers.

BELGIUM, Zaventem (Vlaams Brabant). 10/08/2014: Plane to Bangkok and Phnom Penh.

BELGIUM, Zaventem (Vlaams Brabant). 10/08/2014: Plane to Bangkok and Phnom Penh.

THAILAND, Bangkok. 15/08/2014: Suvarnabhumi Airport.

THAILAND, Bangkok. 15/08/2014: Suvarnabhumi Airport.

THAILAND, Bangkok. 15/08/2014: Suvarnabhumi Airport.

THAILAND, Bangkok. 15/08/2014: Suvarnabhumi Airport.

THAILAND, Bangkok. 15/08/2014: Suvarnabhumi Airport.

THAILAND, Bangkok. 15/08/2014: Suvarnabhumi Airport.

THAILAND, Bangkok. 15/08/2014: Suvarnabhumi Airport.

THAILAND, Bangkok. 15/08/2014: Suvarnabhumi Airport.

For once, don’t look at the first picture but look at the picture.

This photograph is not so interesting but the painting is. I saw ‘Judgment of Cambyses’ by Gerard David when I was about 6, and it haunted me forever.

I didn’t know about its content. It depicts the live skinning of a corrupt judge. Maybe a reproduction of this painting should hang in the offices of some (Cambodian?) judges.

The Groeninge Museum in Brugge is a real treat and provides a lightning fast travel through the evolution of painting in Belgium, from the Flemish Primitives, all the way to the Expressionists Permeke, Frits Van Den Berghe, and ends with the caustic irony of Marcel Broodthaers.

It can’t get more Belgian than that…

BELGIUM, Brugge (West Vlaanderen). 12/08/2014: 'Judgment of Cambyses' by Gerard David painting at the Groeninge Museum.

BELGIUM, Brugge (West Vlaanderen). 12/08/2014: 'Judgment of Cambyses' by Gerard David painting at the Groeninge Museum.

BELGIUM, Brugge (West Vlaanderen). 12/08/2014: Visitor photographing a detail of a Rogier Vander Weyden painting at the Groeninge Museum.

BELGIUM, Brugge (West Vlaanderen). 12/08/2014: Visitor photographing a detail of a Rogier Vander Weyden painting at the Groeninge Museum.

BELGIUM, Brugge (West Vlaanderen). 12/08/2014: 'Portrait of Margareta Van Eyck' at the Groeninge Museum.

BELGIUM, Brugge (West Vlaanderen). 12/08/2014: 'Portrait of Margareta Van Eyck' at the Groeninge Museum.

Alternate sunny and rainy conditions on part of the 60 Km long belgian coastline…

Part of an ongoing project called ‘This is not Belgium’. See HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE or HERE

P.S.: Heading back to Phnom Penh this Thursday…

BELGIUM, Westende (West Vlaanderen). 10/08/2014: Hesitant weather during summer vacations at tourist destination on the coast.

BELGIUM, Westende (West Vlaanderen). 10/08/2014: Hesitant weather during summer vacations at tourist destination on the coast.

BELGIUM, Westende (West Vlaanderen). 10/08/2014: Man sheltering from the wind during hesitant weather on summer vacations at tourist destination on the coast.

BELGIUM, Westende (West Vlaanderen). 10/08/2014: Man sheltering from the wind during hesitant weather on summer vacations at tourist destination on the coast.

BELGIUM, Westende (West Vlaanderen). 10/08/2014: Hesitant weather during summer vacations at tourist destination on the coast.

BELGIUM, Westende (West Vlaanderen). 10/08/2014: Hesitant weather during summer vacations at tourist destination on the coast.

BELGIUM, Westende (West Vlaanderen). 10/08/2014: Climbing walls during hesitant weather on summer vacations at tourist destination on the coast.

BELGIUM, Westende (West Vlaanderen). 10/08/2014: Climbing walls during hesitant weather on summer vacations at tourist destination on the coast.

BELGIUM, Westende (West Vlaanderen). 10/08/2014: Hesitant weather during summer vacations at tourist destination on the coast.

BELGIUM, Westende (West Vlaanderen). 10/08/2014: Hesitant weather during summer vacations at tourist destination on the coast.

BELGIUM, Westende (West Vlaanderen). 10/08/2014: Hesitant weather during summer vacations at tourist destination on the coast.

BELGIUM, Westende (West Vlaanderen). 10/08/2014: Hesitant weather during summer vacations at tourist destination on the coast.

BELGIUM, Westende (West Vlaanderen). 10/08/2014: Hesitant weather during summer vacations at tourist destination on the coast.

BELGIUM, Westende (West Vlaanderen). 10/08/2014: Hesitant weather during summer vacations at tourist destination on the coast.

BELGIUM, Westende (West Vlaanderen). 10/08/2014: Hesitant weather during summer vacations at tourist destination on the coast.

BELGIUM, Westende (West Vlaanderen). 10/08/2014: Hesitant weather during summer vacations at tourist destination on the coast.

Back in 1974 there was still a conscription in Belgium: one wasted year in drab colours. Thanks to a placebo medicine provided by my sister-in-law which was supposed to make me very nervous-looking and a straight-out-of-the-bushes look I was sent to the miltary psychiatric ward in Antwerp. I spent 15 days there in the summer, up at 5:00 AM in room 11Bis, waiting and passing screenings and tests with psychologists, drawing pictures of men women, trees, houses, sticking to a credible scenario of asocial behaviour.

What ddin’t stick with my scenario was the fact that I brought my father’s Leica f3 with the collapsible 50mm, the smallest and quietest camera I could get, and shot 6 rolls of film in total stealth mode.

I was not caught and would never have to go to the army, not even in war time.

BELGIUM. Antwerpen. 2/06/1974: At the Belgian Army's psychiatric ward where I was trying not to be drafted.

BELGIUM. Antwerpen. 2/06/1974: At the Belgian Army's psychiatric ward where I was trying not to be drafted.

BELGIUM. Antwerpen. 2/06/1974: At the Belgian Army's psychiatric ward where I was trying not to be drafted.

BELGIUM. Antwerpen. 2/06/1974: At the Belgian Army's psychiatric ward where I was trying not to be drafted.

BELGIUM. Antwerpen. 02/06/1974: Guard at the Belgian Army's psychiatric ward where I was trying not to be drafted.

BELGIUM. Antwerpen. 02/06/1974: Guard at the Belgian Army's psychiatric ward where I was trying not to be drafted.

BELGIUM. Antwerpen. 06/1974: At the Belgian Army's psychiatric ward where I was trying not to be drafted.

BELGIUM. Antwerpen. 06/1974: At the Belgian Army's psychiatric ward where I was trying not to be drafted.

BELGIUM. Antwerpen. 2/06/1974: At the Belgian Army's psychiatric ward where I was trying not to be drafted.

BELGIUM. Antwerpen. 2/06/1974: At the Belgian Army's psychiatric ward where I was trying not to be drafted.

BELGIUM. Antwerpen. 2/06/1974: At the Belgian Army's psychiatric ward where I was trying not to be drafted.

BELGIUM. Antwerpen. 2/06/1974: At the Belgian Army's psychiatric ward where I was trying not to be drafted.

BELGIUM. Antwerpen. 2/06/1974: At the Belgian Army's psychiatric ward where I was trying not to be drafted.

BELGIUM. Antwerpen. 2/06/1974: At the Belgian Army's psychiatric ward where I was trying not to be drafted.

BELGIUM. Antwerpen. 2/06/1974: At the Belgian Army's psychiatric ward where I was trying not to be drafted.

BELGIUM. Antwerpen. 2/06/1974: At the Belgian Army's psychiatric ward where I was trying not to be drafted.

BELGIUM. Antwerpen. 2/06/1974: At the Belgian Army's psychiatric ward where I was trying not to be drafted.

BELGIUM. Antwerpen. 2/06/1974: At the Belgian Army's psychiatric ward where I was trying not to be drafted.

BELGIUM. Antwerpen. 2/06/1974: At the Belgian Army's psychiatric ward where I was trying not to be drafted.

BELGIUM. Antwerpen. 2/06/1974: At the Belgian Army's psychiatric ward where I was trying not to be drafted.

BELGIUM. Antwerpen. 2/06/1974: At the Belgian Army's psychiatric ward where I was trying not to be drafted.

BELGIUM. Antwerpen. 2/06/1974: At the Belgian Army's psychiatric ward where I was trying not to be drafted.

BELGIUM. Antwerpen. 2/06/1974: A soldier jogging in the courtyard, seen through the window of the Belgian Army's psychiatric ward where I was trying not to be drafted.

BELGIUM. Antwerpen. 2/06/1974: A soldier jogging in the courtyard, seen through the window of the Belgian Army's psychiatric ward where I was trying not to be drafted.

BELGIUM. Antwerpen. 2/06/1974: At the Belgian Army's psychiatric ward where I was trying not to be drafted.

BELGIUM. Antwerpen. 2/06/1974: At the Belgian Army's psychiatric ward where I was trying not to be drafted.

BELGIUM. Antwerpen. 2/06/1974: At the Belgian Army's psychiatric ward where I was trying not to be drafted.

BELGIUM. Antwerpen. 2/06/1974: At the Belgian Army's psychiatric ward where I was trying not to be drafted.

BELGIUM. Antwerpen. 2/06/1974: Door to the Belgian Army's psychiatric ward where I was trying not to be drafted.

BELGIUM. Antwerpen. 2/06/1974: Door to the Belgian Army's psychiatric ward where I was trying not to be drafted.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 06/1974: A happy group which would not go to the army after having spent 15 days at the military psychiatric ward in Antwerp...

BELGIUM. Brussels. 06/1974: A happy group which would not go to the army after having spent 15 days at the military psychiatric ward in Antwerp...

The verdict has fallen: Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, ex Khmer Rouge leaders, are found guilty of crimes against humanity. They join Kaing Keak Eav, alias ‘Duch’ for a lifetime term in prison.

So far five former Khmer Rouge have been brought in front of their judges and three got their sentence. Ieng Tirith escaped trial because of dementia, Ieng Sary by passing away.

The trial for ‘Duch’ is the subject of an ebook called ’30 Years for a Trial’. It can be read on the iPad and Apple computers running the Mavericks OS, with texts by Robert Carmichael and photographs by myself. The ebook can be bought at THIS LINK.

CAMBODIA. Kambol (Phnom Penh). 4/02/2008: Mr. NUON Chea, 81yrs, former Brother Nr 2 during the Khmer Rouge Regime, in front of his judges at his first appearance at the pre-trial chambers of the ECCC (Extraordinary Chambers at the Courts of Cambodia).

CAMBODIA. Kambol (Phnom Penh). 4/02/2008: Mr. NUON Chea, 81yrs, former Brother Nr 2 during the Khmer Rouge Regime, in front of his judges at his first appearance at the pre-trial chambers of the ECCC (Extraordinary Chambers at the Courts of Cambodia).

CAMBODIA. Kambol (Phnom Penh). 23/04/2008: Khieu Samphan, former Khmer Rouge leader, at his first apprearance in front of the ECCC Pretrial Chambers.

CAMBODIA. Kambol (Phnom Penh). 23/04/2008: Khieu Samphan, former Khmer Rouge leader, at his first apprearance in front of the ECCC Pretrial Chambers.

CAMBODIA. Kambol (Phnom Penh). 20/11/2007: Duch, in charge of the S21 interrogation center between 1975 and 1979, at the first public hearing at the ECCC regarding Kang Guek Eav (Duch), appealing against his provisional detention order.

CAMBODIA. Kambol (Phnom Penh). 20/11/2007: Duch, in charge of the S21 interrogation center between 1975 and 1979, at the first public hearing at the ECCC regarding Kang Guek Eav (Duch), appealing against his provisional detention order.

CAMBODIA. Kambol (Phnom Penh). 17/10/2008: Ieng Sary at public hearing of the reading of the decision on his Appeal against the Order of Provisional Detention at the ECCC (Extraordinary Chambers at the Court of Cambodia).

CAMBODIA. Kambol (Phnom Penh). 17/10/2008: Ieng Sary at public hearing of the reading of the decision on his Appeal against the Order of Provisional Detention at the ECCC (Extraordinary Chambers at the Court of Cambodia).

CAMBODIA. Kambol (Phnom Penh). 24/02/2009: Ieng Tirith, born in 1932, Minister of Social Affairs during the Khmer Rouge regime, charged with crimes against Humanity, in front of her judges at the pre-trial hearing of the ECCC (Extraordinary Chambers at the Courts of Cambodia).

CAMBODIA. Kambol (Phnom Penh). 24/02/2009: Ieng Tirith, born in 1932, Minister of Social Affairs during the Khmer Rouge regime, charged with crimes against Humanity, in front of her judges at the pre-trial hearing of the ECCC (Extraordinary Chambers at the Courts of Cambodia).

Three day family trip to Amsterdam… Not much time to take photographs: Larry Clark and Ed Van Der Elsken shows, museum visits, trying to explain where the light comes from on Rembrandt paintings to my daughter.

Always surprised at the way throngs of tourists appropriate art to themselves. I guess ‘being there’ is more important than looking, which anyhow is impossible to do serenely given the permanent stampede.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 5/08/2014: Visitors at Rembrandt's 'Nightwatch' at the Rijksmuseum.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 5/08/2014: Visitors at Rembrandt's 'Nightwatch' at the Rijksmuseum.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 5/08/2014: Rijksmuseum.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 5/08/2014: Rijksmuseum.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 5/08/2014: Visitors at Rembrandt's 'Nightwatch' at the Rijksmuseum.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 5/08/2014: Visitors at Rembrandt's 'Nightwatch' at the Rijksmuseum.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 5/08/2014: Visitors at Rembrandt's 'Nightwatch' at the Rijksmuseum.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 5/08/2014: Visitors at Rembrandt's 'Nightwatch' at the Rijksmuseum.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 5/08/2014: Visitors at Rembrandt's 'Nightwatch' at the Rijksmuseum.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 5/08/2014: Visitors at Rembrandt's 'Nightwatch' at the Rijksmuseum.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 5/08/2014: Visitors at Rembrandt's 'Nightwatch' at the Rijksmuseum.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 5/08/2014: Visitors at Rembrandt's 'Nightwatch' at the Rijksmuseum.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 5/08/2014: Visitors at Rembrandt's 'Nightwatch' at the Rijksmuseum.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 5/08/2014: Visitors at Rembrandt's 'Nightwatch' at the Rijksmuseum.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 4/08/2014: Visitors looking at the back of Van Gogh's self portraits at the Van Gogh Museum.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 4/08/2014: Visitors looking at the back of Van Gogh's self portraits at the Van Gogh Museum.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 4/08/2014: Souvenir photograph in front of a reproduction of 'Arles Room' at the Van Gogh Museum.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 4/08/2014: Souvenir photograph in front of a reproduction of 'Arles Room' at the Van Gogh Museum.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 4/08/2014: Souvenir photograph in front of a reproduction of 'Arles Room' at the Van Gogh Museum.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 4/08/2014: Souvenir photograph in front of a reproduction of 'Arles Room' at the Van Gogh Museum.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 4/08/2014: Souvenir photograph in front of a reproduction of 'Arles Room' at the Van Gogh Museum.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 4/08/2014: Souvenir photograph in front of a reproduction of 'Arles Room' at the Van Gogh Museum.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 4/08/2014: Souvenir photograph in front of a reproduction of 'Arles Room' at the Van Gogh Museum.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 4/08/2014: Souvenir photograph in front of a reproduction of 'Arles Room' at the Van Gogh Museum.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 4/08/2014: Souvenir photograph in front of a reproduction of 'Arles Room' at the Van Gogh Museum.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 4/08/2014: Souvenir photograph in front of a reproduction of 'Arles Room' at the Van Gogh Museum.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 4/08/2014: Souvenir photograph in front of a reproduction of 'Arles Room' at the Van Gogh Museum.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 4/08/2014: Souvenir photograph in front of a reproduction of 'Arles Room' at the Van Gogh Museum.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 4/08/2014: Souvenir photograph in front of a reproduction of 'Arles Room' at the Van Gogh Museum.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 4/08/2014: Souvenir photograph in front of a reproduction of 'Arles Room' at the Van Gogh Museum.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 4/08/2014: Souvenir photograph at the Stedelijk Museum.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 4/08/2014: Souvenir photograph at the Stedelijk Museum.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 5/08/2014: Souvenir photographs on the Museumplein.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 5/08/2014: Souvenir photographs on the Museumplein.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 5/08/2014: Souvenir photographs on the Museumplein.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 5/08/2014: Souvenir photographs on the Museumplein.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 5/08/2014: Souvenir photographs on the Museumplein.

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam. 5/08/2014: Souvenir photographs on the Museumplein.

My first conscious attempt to put together a story with photographs, while being afraid of photographing people: we’re talking railway sations in Brussels in 1975 and 1976…

BELGIUM. Brussels. 06/03/1975: Midi station.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 06/03/1975: Midi station.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 20/03/1975: Madame Pipi at North station.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 20/03/1975: Madame Pipi at North station.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 20/03/1975: Waiter closing restaurant at North station.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 20/03/1975: Waiter closing restaurant at North station.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 25/03/1975: North station.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 25/03/1975: North station.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 25/03/1975: Central station.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 25/03/1975: Central station.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 03/05/1975: Midi station.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 03/05/1975: Midi station.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 03/05/1975: Midi station.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 03/05/1975: Midi station.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 11/08/1975: Waiting room at Central Station.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 11/08/1975: Waiting room at Central Station.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 11/08/1975: North station.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 11/08/1975: North station.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 10/09/1975: Midi station.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 10/09/1975: Midi station.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 22/10/1975: Midi station.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 22/10/1975: Midi station.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 1/12/1975: Central Station.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 1/12/1975: Central Station.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 20/12/1975: Railway station.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 20/12/1975: Railway station.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/03/1976: Paying for the toilet at the railway station.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/03/1976: Paying for the toilet at the railway station.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/05/1977:

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/05/1977:

Part of an ongoing project called ‘This is not Belgium’. See HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE or HERE