Psa Kraom is one of Siem Reap’s local markets,
a place where few“baran”, or foreigners, go.
 
Pungent smells of spice and food blend
as I walk from stand to stand, filling my nostrils and head.
 
Fruit, vegetable, cosmetics, fish and meat stands lay close to one another.
 
Despite a blackout affecting the whole town,
sunlight cuts through creating a sort of natural stage.
 
Candles and torches draw you inside.
 
Women’s faces are incredible portraits with dark and deep eyes that
contrast with the surrounding colors.
 
As I reach for the camera,
a smile suddenly appears and I lose that very moment.
 
Smiling is in their nature and culture.
 
 
 
[words by Federica Adamoli]