I saw this woman selling fruit on Monivong Blvd. in Phnom Penh Cambodia. She was squatting in the shade of a of a small tree between a boundary wall and a 4×4 vehicle. I love the whimsical look on her face. Her face says a thousand words.
I returned to Cambodia in August of 2012 to work with the Cambodian Mine Action Centre – CMAC to shoot documentary content.
These are ‘bomblets’ or submunitions from a cluster bomb artillery round, they are ‘Anti Material’ in design meaning that they are designed to destroy vehicles, tanks, and armaments.
Looking into the base you see a the copper lining of a ‘shaped charge’. When it hits it’s target the shaped explosive charge will crush and invert the copper cone into a molten ‘slug’ which will punch its way through armor and metal plating destroying the target.
The bomlets are stacked in clusters of seven, one surrounded by six, here on a base plate. The ribbon or ‘drogue’ on top acts like a parachute – orienting the devise so that the base with the copper cone will be facing down when it is initiated.
The clusters of seven are stacked one on top of the other inside the artillery round.
This artillery round holds 56 bomblets. The timed fuze, missing from the top of the round here, will initiate the charge in the yellow tube above and the charge will pull the cluster of bombs from its casing, it then ‘blooms’ into a hail of deadly bomblets.
Acheologists and the like argue about what to do with regards to these trees that root themselves in temple ruins. Out of all the images I captured of the Temples of Cambodia – this images draws the most breath – why would one try to reverse this process? These temples have existed in these jungles for, on average, a thousand years and, I’m sure, will stand for a thousand more. My vote: let nature take its course…
What was once a children’s school was turned into the infamous ‘S 21′ detention camp under Pol Pots regime. Civilians suspected of being ‘enemies of the state’ were brought here and tortured – often to death. Survivors were taken to ‘the killing fields’ and were executed. On the wall in the background is an image of the corps found on this iron bed when Cambodia was liberated from the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pots regime. The victim had had their throat slashed… The ammunition box on the bed was what prisoners were given to use as a toilet, next to it lies an iron bar shackle…