Contrasting the piles of waste behind her, a beautiful, young girl seems not only to be dressed in her best outfit, but completely at ease walking barefoot through parasite-filled refuse on a tributary to the Tonle Sap in Cambodia.
I hired a guide to take me from Battambang to Siem Reap, Cambodia. I knew that I was in for an eye-opening view into the lives of people in desperate poverty. But I found out afterward that nothing would have prepared me for the reality of the scenes I saw. This image can be found at: http://www.cyleodonnell.com/photography/southeast-asia/cambodia/the-tonle-sap-river/
Living along the tributaries of the Tonle Sap in Cambodia, scenes like this are abound. This juxtaposed shot finds a strikingly beautiful young girl dressed in a dainty, bright, dress, walking along the banks of the river she calls home. Which happens also to be littered profusely with the waste of her own village and that of the villages upstream. This is from my "Women of Developing Nations" collection at cyleodonnell.com.