The Mathieu Young 'Cambodia by Moonlight' Series is Immensely Powerful
Built and designed in collaboration with the rural Cambodians who make use of it, the lamp was first adopted for everyday use in villages around Kandal Province, where Young's photos were so artfully taken. Rental of these multi-purpose lamps costs a mere $.08/day and drastically improves the lifestyles of its users, seeing as over 70% of the country has no access to the power grid. This is not the first photo essay which the talented and socially minded Young has shot in Cambodia, and other locations of choice include California, New Orleans and East Africa.
Implications - While art is most often recognized for its portrayal of raw and familiar emotion, another central purpose is the portrayal of the unfamiliar. A photographer or artist with the capacity to tell intriguing stories connects to viewers with a lust for expanding their worldview through alternative and interesting lenses.