Andre Akito

Angkor | Siem Reap | Cambodia

Angkor was the capital of the Khmer Empire, a civilization that flourished between the 9th and 15th century (802-1431). It was one of the largest and most prosperous kingdoms in the history of Southeast Asia. Today the entire area is collectively protected as a UNESCO Heritage site. There are more than one thousand temples scattered amid Angkor forest and its surroundings. Ranging from small scale temples to Angkor Wat, the world’s largest single religious monument.

Khmer New Year | Siem Reap | Cambodia

After two years without celebrating Khmer New Year because of COVID restrictions, the people of Cambodia could finally go the streets and celebrate the most traditional festival of the country once again in 2022. Festivities happened all over the Cambodia and many cities were crowded all over the streets, but the Khmer New Year in Siem Reap was definitely something else. Khmers from all over the country and travelers from abroad visited the city in order to be participate in the festivities and to enjoy some of the many events in the city. For three straight days, the crowds, events and festivities took over the streets. 

The Shrine | Siem Reap | Cambodia

In the centre of Siem Reap, next to the Royal Palace and the Royal Independence Gardens, stands a shrine dedicated to two Buddhas: Preah Ang Chek and Preah Ang Chorm. Inside the shrine, there are two statues that are believed to be almost one thousand years old: the tall one is Preah Ang Chek, the shorter one as Preah Ang Chorm. Locals believe that the shrine protects the entire town of Siem Reap and many people visit the shrine on a regular basis for praying for health and good luck.

A Taste of Tradition | Huế | Vietnam

Born in the city of Tucuruí/PA, in the northern region of Brazil, Alan came to Sao Paulo looking for opportunities in the BMX World. The first time I met him was in 2017 and he was doing some breathtaking tricks in Centro de Esportes Radicais. It was the first time I was going to this park and one of my first experiences as a photographer. I was so impressed with his skills that I immediately went talk to him and ask if I could make some shoots. Since the first time we spoke, he was so openly and thrilled about co-creating that we quickly became friends. On August of 2018, I went back to Centro de Esportes Radicais and met him again. On that time, I decided to make a video of him.

A life by The Sea | Đồng Hới | Vietnam

Located in the central coast of Vietnam, the city of Đồng Hới has developed a culture that is deeply connected to the sea. Fishing, selling and cooking are some of the everyday activities that are shared by many locals. For many of them, the sea can be considered a second home. These images were made in September of 2020 in the days that followed the passage of Storm Noul in the city of Đồng Hới. It shows the path of seafood from the sea until the market and the routine of some locals whose lives depend on the sea.