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About Dave Perkes
Dave’s passion for photography started in the mid 1970s while working as a Cartographer in Southampton England. Dave’s early interest in photography was motor sport then landscape and mountains. People became increasingly important subjects from the late 1980s, when Dave traveled beyond Europe to North Africa, Asia and the Indian Sub continent.
Having spent 12 years working in digital cartography; Dave developed an interest in digital photography in the mid to late 1990s; processing scanned 35mm slides using Adobe Photoshop which originally came on a few floppy discs! An early adopter of the digital SLR; Dave purchased his first digital SLR camera system early in 2003; shortly before moving to Siem Reap Cambodia in May of that year.
Dave and his partner Colleen Allen-Burns set up Peace of Angkor Villa as a small hotel catering for photographers, artists and writers. It was an exciting time meeting a lot of very interesting and creative people. He dedicated a lot of time in the mid 2000s discovering and developing tours to “new” remote temple sites which had been largely untouched for centuries.
Dave shoots for hotel brochures and web sites; and event photography. He is a regular photographer for the Siem Reap Angkor Guide. He wrote a regular column “Temple Watch” for Cambodia’s daily newspaper Phnom Penh Post for 14 months from mid 2008.
The villa was a successful operation which continued until the end of 2009, when Dave opened the Peace of Angkor Tours to dedicate more time to run photo tours