Sopheak Chheng

The first DSLR Camera I owned was a Nikon D80, a gift from my parents after I got accepted to Middlebury College. I am flattered and humbled to share my work with others. My work spans different genres of photography from studio portraits to street photography. I started taking photographs since I was in high school at the Red Cross Nordic United World College, Norway in 2006. Though, I consider my photography journey way back since I was in Junior High school. It is a gift from God, I was on a bike back to my house after school and I found a brand new mini film camera on the street. What I love most about photography is that it allows me to capture fleeting moments and create memories that connect me to the people and the places I have known.

I am inspired by the emphatic landscape photography of Ansel Adams and by Mark Cohen’s energy and dedication towards street photography. I am also fortunate to be mentored by two kind individuals - my photography teacher, Prof. John Huddleston and Mr. Dara Lork, a Cambodian professional photographer based in California. I have taken three photography classes at Middlebury College. Currently, I am working on an independent visual storytelling project called “One photograph, one memory”. I would like to thank to both Prof. Huddleston and Lork for their advice and guidance.

At the moment, I use two camera bodies - a Nikon D300 and D90 - with three lenses: Nikkor 35 mm 1.8, Sigma 17-70 mm 2.8 and Sigma 70-200 mm 2.8. Most of my work is from college events such as freshman orientation, student research symposium, ISO Show, AAA Fashion Show, Middlebury College Newspaper “The Campus” and student magazine “Black Bird”. I had one exhibition before at Two Brothers Tavern in 2010.

In the future, I am going to pursue a career in photojournalism. Judging by where I came from and what I have been through, I strongly believe that the story of each individual is worth listening to. Especially, story of those individual who have faced enormous challenges that would be unimaginable in our lives.

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