Phnom Penh

A street sweepers twig broom lies waiting next to a decaying wall. Both common sights in Phnom Penh. Handmade twig brooms have been used for centuries to sweep caves, castles, wooden huts and log cabins. Brooms made out of straw, hay, twigs, corn husks were not very robust nor efficient. It did not take much for the end of the broom to become detached and end up on the other side of the room during a sweeping session probably leading to the utterance of whatever curse words were in vogue at the time and so the phrase 'flying off the handle' was born.
Execellent!
posted August 28th, 2010  
I love the colours in this and the story behind it.
posted August 28th, 2010  
Such great texture!
posted August 28th, 2010  
very interesting caption nice picture
posted August 28th, 2010  
Great pic, and interesing! I shall think of this whenever I hear that mentioned :-)
posted August 28th, 2010  
Interesting shot.
posted August 28th, 2010  
I love your photos of these places. It would be interesting to go there.
posted August 28th, 2010  
Outstanding composition. I love the textures.
posted August 28th, 2010  
love how the wall looks as if it has flames on it. Also I hate sweeping but I guess I shouldn't complain because sweeping would be so much more dreary with a twig broom and I would be sure to "fly off the handle" frequently
posted August 28th, 2010  
Lovely shot, great composition
posted August 28th, 2010  
Ha ha thanks Tanya your story made me laugh! Great shot too...as usual :-)
posted August 28th, 2010  
Looks like the wall is on fire. Simple and effective shot. Your story made me smile...
posted August 28th, 2010  
Beautiful shot, but I think I prefer my vacuum cleaner!
posted August 28th, 2010  
love the textures
posted August 28th, 2010  
great photos...

re your comment: what are jandles???
posted August 29th, 2010  
love this, great shot!
posted August 29th, 2010  
Very nice effects, good textures.
posted August 29th, 2010  
great shot!
posted August 29th, 2010  
Lovely colours and textures, the real feel of Asia.
posted August 29th, 2010  
Interesting. I like your composition in this photo and the tones
posted August 29th, 2010  
Beautiful!
posted August 29th, 2010  
lovely textures. Can't beat a bit of decay - i'm obsessed with it in my photos!
posted August 30th, 2010  
Nice composition! Kind of dramatic mood... Great shot!
posted August 30th, 2010  
Good find Tanya!
posted August 30th, 2010  
Love the texture, colour and decay! It's so enjoyable to go through your shots and your comments to them!
posted September 15th, 2010  
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