Among many contrasts, some are beyond startling

Merely one side of the massive Royal Palace complex.

Merely one side of the massive Royal Palace complex.

Schlepping home after the movies one night, I noticed for the first time that the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh was glowing like an amusement park.  So I snapped the imperfect photo above with my cell phone.

A few weeks earlier, I was moved to photograph an unrestored line of buildings many decades old.  Residents fit themselves into the cramped units you see below, and shop owners ply their trades or sell their wares at street level.  It is, I think, a depressing sight.

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