Bayon at Angkor Wat seems to be a good metaphor for life.
There is crazy bullshit all over the place. You can either pay attention to the bullshit and lose your spoons over it, or you can save your spoons and seek out the magic. Another way to look at it is: Where do you want to focus your camera? Want to focus on the stuff that’s annoying, makes you mad and is ugly, and have those be the photos you take home? Or find and focus on the places of peace. It’s all your call, it’s always your call.
Bayon at Angkor Wat
The Bayon at Angkor Wat really pushed that home for me. It was full to the brim with the busloads of tourists and their huge cameras or selfie sticks. I was getting super pissed off because they kept on training those monster lenses at OUR KIDS, without even the nod and smile. It made me feel like they were looking at our kids as if they were animals and it got to where Mikey and I may have snarled at a few.
But it cracked out for me when I had my camera focused on a wall relief that I liked and all of the sudden, out of the side, I saw an arm with a camera sloooooooowly move out towards the relief and it just made me laugh. It seemed so ubiquitous of our whole experience at Angkor Wat – cameras everywhere! Moving hands or people parts all over! Hysterical!
From then on, it was easy to not be upset. When someone trained their huge camera on the kids, I just got in their face and trained MY huge camera on THEM.
The Bayon at Angkor Wat
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