The Jungle Temple

Jean-Marc Heller

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Keywords: Ancient treesGiant rootCambodian historical temple siteMan made structureNatureStone temples

Work Overview

The RAW picture was taken by a digital camera Nikon D800 with a 24-70mm zoom lens, focused at 70 mm at 500 ISO with aperture F: 9.0 and speed 1/50.


The hundred-year-old tree with roots grown into the temple wall. The opening space started from the feet of the tree through the old walkway to the bright sky in the background. My eyes were caught by the richness of the layers in the scene.


Eight hundred years ago the Cambodian King commanded the construction of this magnificent temple in honor of his family. As the fall of the Empire, the temple was abandoned, and the jungle took over. The temple did not become part of the juggle. It remains its identity with the old stones and base structures still standing, even when it was invaded by these powerful and destructive trees, in the end, they learn to coexist and created this majesty of nature. Just like live, we often under attacked by forces of nature, in the end, if we build on a solid foundation, it will withstand the trial of time.


Edition 1/10
Printed on a Matt Art Paper using EPSON DIGIGRAPHY Technology.
Artist signature, authenticity Certificate accompanies the artwork.

HELLER used LightRoom and Silver Fx add-on to get the monochrome effect, with the Sepia color giving the touch of timeless. I also used the sharpness cursor on overall picture to emphasize the wood structure.

Jean-Marc HELLER, an avocation photographer from Switzerland, spends many years working in China. He started interest in photography when he was fourteen years old. He used his late grandfather’s Rolleiflex and developed the films of black-and-white pictures in his parents’ bathroom. As he gradually changed his camera from film to digital, he has also developed his strengths and style.

In his, spare time, he travels throughout the country documenting the real moments of day-to-day life of the ordinary people in the streets, through his lens in a true sense of documentary style. His images unfold the magnificence of what the nature offers and what the humans have created. His photos represent his understanding and appreciation of the culture, the people, and the countries he encountered. "The images told the wordless stories."