Whether because of my past, or in spite of it, I love to travel. 
Fleeing the violent Khmer Rouge regime when I was an infant, my parents sought refuge first in a Buddhist monastery, and later in a refugee camp in Thailand. In 1979, when I was six years old, my family arrived in Canada as landed immigrants. 
Canada is my home. Photography is my passion. Picking up a camera for the first time allowed me to a see a beauty in the world I didn’t know existed. And traveling opened up a world that I thought I knew. 
My itchy feet have carried me and my camera from Iceland to Jordan, from Lebanon to Lima, and from Cuba back to Cambodia.   
A mountain, a sky, a glint in the eye. 
It’s the small things that are the big things. 
Theak Chhuom, Ottawa, Canada

photo courtesy of Rémi Thériault

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