Mother’s love, a bath in a Phnom Penh slum

Written by on March 1, 2010 in Photo Posts, Photos and Stories in Progress with 5 Comments







I liked the mother and her son from the moment I saw them, and I love this series of photos. I took them in Andong Village, a slum that I often visit about 25km outside Phnom Penh. The people who live there have been through great hardships, and they are still in a tough place. The stress of living in such conditions often erupts into fighting within families and between residents. Yet a mother’s love for her son will shine though almost any circumstances.

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About the Author: Andy Gray is a writer and photographer living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and working with Alongsiders International. You can find him puttering around the streets of Phnom Penh on his Suzuki Viva 125, running stoplights and driving on the wrong side of the road or on the sidewalks like a local. If you see him in a coffee shop, he'll be the one typing and deleting the same line over and over again. .


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  • Eric

    Glorious. You captured a powerful, timeless moment in these photos. The story told through them proclaims, however imperfectly: love wins.

  • Clare Louise

    To be honest, cliche as it may sound. Tears welled up when I saw these photos especially the second one from the top. The purest expression of love and adoration I have seen in a long time.

  • The picky photographer in me says the 2nd photos is a bit over-exposed and the white bucket is distracting, but the mother’s expression is, as you say, “a pure expression of love and adoration.” I agree. This series moves me when I look closely at it.

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