As you may have seen from my post last month I’m now based in Cambodia for the next two years. While I haven’t yet come across many hand painted signs on walls the hand painted form is alive and well here.
They are everywhere I go, offering simple illustrations for those who can’t read and beautiful Khmer script for those who can. These are usually painted on metal plates as with the one above or, as you can see from the man at work below, on fabric for stretching across an entranceway e.g. for schools and other municipal buildings. Here is a small selection and some pictures of a signwriter at work who I happened to stumble across.
I was lucky enough to stumble across this signwriter at work in a building just round the corner from our house-to-be. I tried showing him some photos of Ghostsigns from the UK but he didn’t seem that interested.
And, just outside his shop, this one, presumably advertising his services. The most common colour combination is the white letters on blue background which, coincidentally, are the colours used by the ruling party who have a stranglehold on power in the country…
There are many more to photograph and I will post some more pictures soon.
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