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Apsara Dancer - Angkor Wat, Cambodia

"The truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music. Bodies never lie." -Agnes de Mille


Apsara dance is the traditional Cambodian dance that was practiced in the royal palaces. This traditional dance almost went extinct during the bloody reign of the Khmer Rouge.


The Khmer dance is characterized by intricate finger and body movements (i.e. flexibility) which usually convey a story or message.


What better way to understand Khmer history than photographing an apsara dancer at historical Angkor Wat. On this particular morning a celestial dancer descended from the clouds to be my model at the Bayon temple. I don’t what kind of story her fingers were telling me that morning, but I think it had to do with a gratuity.


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Taken on May 19, 2012