1. Hydropower Dam Protest Runs Dry…

    The intimidating presence of a considerable numbers of riot police deployed at Wat Samaky Raingsey and near the Stung Meanchey bridge, thwarted the plan to have 100 buddhist monks and environment activists demonstrate at the Chinese embassy against the construction of the Areng valley hydropower dam.

    Just 1 tuktuk with 4 Borei Keila land rights activists and 3 monks managed to stay a few minutes before the embassy before being pushed away by the police.

    Moments later another group of monks, joined by villagers from Kampong Speu province, gathered at Freedom Park.

    (Source: Hydropower Dam Protest Runs Dry...)

     
  2. On the beaten track…

    Both the evicted communities from Lorpeang (Kampong Chhnang) and Malai (Banteay Meanchey), hosted and supported by land rights activists and buddhist monks in two different locations, marched through the streets of Phnom Penh to deliver petitions at the Ministry of Justice and the National Assembly for the first and at the National Assembly only for the second group.

    (Source: johnvink.com)

     
  3. Unrelenting Borei Keila…

    The community of Borei Keila which was forcefully evicted in January 2012 after countless intimidations, lies and cheatings since 2007 (see HERE), held a demonstration in front of the municipality building.

     
  4. Trapped In A Pagoda…

    Some 50 villagers from Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Svay Rieng and Pailin, entangled in a land issue an who are staying at Wat Chas, were prevented from crossing the gate of the pagoda by an important and rather disproportionate force of combined riot police and municipal security guards when they wanted to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s house.

    Four members of the Boeung Kak lake community who showed up in support of the villagers were promptly arrested and evacuated to the police station.

    Two villagers who felt unwell were carried away by LICADHO for medical treatment.

    Mr Khleang Hout, governor of Chroy Changvar, came to hear the complaints of the villagers. How the governor of Chroy Changva can resolve land disputes in far-off provinces will probably remain a mystery.

    (Source: johnvink.com)

     
  5. On the way back to Phnom Penh… sleepers.

    (Source: johnvink.com)

     
  6. Hesitant Weather…

    Alternate sunny and rainy conditions on part of the 60 Km long belgian coastline…

    Part of an ongoing project called ‘This is not Belgium’. See <a href=”http://www.johnvink.com/JohnVinkSite/Other_Countries/Belgium_This_is_not_Belgium_2014/index.html#VIJ2014025H0123” target=”_blank”>HERE</a>

    (Source: johnvink.com)

     
  7. Escaping Conscription…

    Back in 1974 there was still a conscription in Belgium: one wasted year in drab colours. Thanks to a placebo medicine provided by my sister-in-law which was supposed to make me very nervous-looking and a straight-out-of-the-bushes look I was sent to the miltary psychiatric ward in Antwerp. I spent 15 days there in the summer, up at 5:00 AM in room 11Bis, waiting and passing screenings and tests with psychologists, drawing pictures of men women, trees, houses, sticking to a credible scenario of asocial behaviour.

    What ddin’t stick with my scenario was the fact that I brought my father’s Leica f3 with the collapsible 50mm, the smallest and quietest camera I could get, and shot 6 rolls of film in total stealth mode.

    I was not caught and would never have to go to the army, not even in war time.

    (Source: johnvink.com)

     
  8. Look At Me, I Love Art…

    Three day family trip to Amsterdam… Not much time to take photographs: Larry Clark and Ed Van Der Elsken shows, museum visits, trying to explain where the light comes from on Rembrandt paintings to my daughter.

    Always surprised at the way throngs of tourists appropriate art to themselves. I guess ‘being there’ is more important than looking, which anyhow is impossible to do serenely given the permanent stampede.

    (Source: johnvink.com)

     
  9. A Stuttering Start…

    My first conscious attempt to put together a story with photographs, while being afraid of photographing people: we’re talking railway sations in Brussels in 1975 and 1976…

    (Source: johnvink.com)

     
  10. New From Old…

    Summertime is sifting through the old negatives to find unedited photographs and scanning time. For me at least…

    These might end up in ‘This is not Belgium’. Or maybe not.

    (Source: johnvink.com)