We believe in creating visual archives of a planet which is changing so fast.
We believe in photographing the human history in an accelerated globalizing process, the environmental changes,the extinction of the species, the disappearance of tribes ,cultural values and traditional ways of living.
We believe in portraying the forgotten, in portraying the vanishing world.
Javier Sanchez-Monge Escardo
Apsaras are considered female spirits of the clouds and waters in Hindu and Buddhist mythology. They are supposed to be beautiful and supernatural human beings. They are youthful ,supposed to change their shape at will , take care of the fallen heroes and dance in the palaces of the Gods. Throughout Asia we find many forms of this type of dance, which in Cambodia is depicted in the temples of Angkor Watt, which go back as far as 1116-11150 AC.
In Cambodia, due to the war the Apsara art almost vanished but now is slowly being rescued and hopefully if will not any longer become a "dying art".
© Javier Sanchez-Monge Escardo