I am a huge fan of traveling and photography and inspire to become a photojournalist. Occasionally you will see my photos on here, but for more up-to-date photos, check out my Sophatographs on Facebook or on Instagram. Hopefully they are more than just happy accidents.
Some of my best so far:
Memorial Day 2013:
As Americans honors those who have died fighting for freedom on Memorial Day, the nation’s military is faced with shrinking budget and other issues, including controversy surrounding the use of drones in fighting. (http://goo.gl/2ujEI)
Speaking at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, president Obama says because Americans today are less directly affected by war than previous generations, they might not fully appreciate that sacrifice. “As a consequence, not all Americans may always see or fully grasp the depth of sacrifice, the profound costs that are made in our name — right now, as we speak, every day.” (http://goo.gl/87mLZ)
Quoting President Obama in the same speech, US Ambassador to Cambodia, William Todd, wrote in a blog post (http://goo.gl/5wrU4) that Cambodia might also honor its soldiers, especially those now working for the UN peacekeeping operations.
Photo: Sophat Soeung, May 25, 2013.
The Potomac River is the main waterway in the District of Columbia (Washington), forming a natural boundary with the Commonwealth of Virginia. Most of the river is administratively part of the District. Even as a major river, however, Washington does not have any major commercial port on the river. The Potomac here is mostly traversed by kayaks, holiday boats, and occasionally cruise ships. Nevertheless, it is in other ways a major traffic junction. This section of the river provides the main landing/takeoff flight route for nearby Washington National Airport and heavy rail and road traffic crisscross this section of the river. (April 16, 2013)
Marine One over Tidal Basin?
A moment of peace at the Washington’s Tidal Basin and Jefferson Memorial is briefly interrupted by an overflying helicopter, likely the Marine One (http://goo.gl/VXBL) carrying the U.S. President or Marine Two, carrying the Vice President. Whichever the case – or not thereof – it is a potent reminder to the influx of domestic and international tourists that while the city’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the country’s most festive and apolitical spring celebrations, Washington, DC remains first and foremost a political city. Indeed, to some it is the Capital of the World (http://goo.gl/uH5ae) and as such is now a target of potential North Korean strikes (http://goo.gl/tzhvc). (March 30, 2013)
Aerial view of Washington, DC on March 7, 2013, one day after the highly anticipated snowstorm “Snowquester” that shut down most of the city. It turned out to be “Noquester” instead with little signs of snow in the District proper. (March 7, 2013 – iPhone 5)