If you haven’t done so already then I’d highly recommend browsing the Flickr group, Hand Painted Signs of Cambodia. It is a real treasure trove of content, mixing the beautiful, bizarre and bemusing in one nifty package. A number of my photos are in there, as are others from Kratie and further afield taken by different photographers.
Recently Erik Bos has joined the group to share his images, a couple of which I’m showing here because I like them so much. Above is a very intricate sign advertising a beauty salon. The top the woman is wearing is the formal dress for ceremonies such as weddings, typically in bright colours with lacy arms, a splattering of sequins and other glitzy features. It is quite a sight seeing a room full of women all dolled up in these, not to mention the hairstyles and the lashings of obligatory make up and jewellery.
Below is another example that stands out for the detail and skill that has gone into producing it. This one is on a pre-school in Kampong Speu.
Hand Painted Signs of Cambodia on Flickr can also be browsed in the slideshow below.