The farm stalls of South Africa are much like the cider mills of Michigan during the season of fall. The farm stalls attract customers by selling trendy and rustic handmade goods, as well as with offering the ability to purchase one's food fresh from a local farmer, bypassing the grocery store. I had the chance to buy some delicious wild African game jerky and some dried mango slices at one of the farm stalls, and my fiancé purchased some unique home goods. At one particular farm stall that we visited in South Africa, the owners also attract customers with a mini petting zoo that featured a MASSIVE hog, rabbits, chickens, ducks, dogs, turkeys, and other animals commonly found on a farm. The giant black hog was NOT a fan of having people pet him (or her?), and was hardly able to walk up to the water trough. It was quite the sight! The photographs above show some of what we saw at that farm stall, coupled with some photographs of what our group came to refer to as the "bird tree". The "bird tree" was home to hundreds of a species of weaver birds, and was located beside one of the farm stalls that we visited.
Here are some more photographs from my visit to former Security Prison 21 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. There were some very startling exhibits at the prison turned museum, including the torture devices that had been used previously during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. The wall of photographs pictured above shows photographs of individuals who died at the former prison, and the skulls pictured in the last photograph belong to victims of the Khmer Rouge and Security Prison 21. I have posted along with these images part two of a documentary on Secret Prison 21, and you can find part one of that documentary on my previous post.
Holding Room in Former "Security Prison 21" of the Khmer Rouge, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Archival Pigment Print, 16"x24". Scott Whitworth, 2015.
The opening reception for the 2016 Photospiva national juried competition was last night (March 4th, 2016) and included one of my photographs, which is shown above. The exhibition started today, March 5th, and runs through May 1st at the George A. Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin, MO. On March 11th this year's competition juror, Sean Kernan, will announce the winners of the 2016 competition. My entry was selected from over 600 other entrants to be on display for the duration of the exhibition in the main gallery. The photograph that I entered is mounted with two inch white matte borders inside a black aluminum frame.
Entitled, Holding Room in Former "Security Prison 21" of the Khmer Rouge, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, this photograph was taken by myself in Southeast Asia during the winter of 2014/15. I have also had this photograph on display at galleries in Sacramento, CA and NY City, NY. The photograph shows what was used as a holding room in a former security prison in the nation of Cambodia's capitol city, Phnom Penh. The room was in use during the reign of the Khmer Rouge, from 1975-79. Below I have included a link to part one of a four-part documentary that features more information and background on the history of "Security Prison 21". My visit to the former prison turned museum was very eye opening, and I encourage anyone who gets the chance to go and see it.