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 asI 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]