A funeral procession goes through the fields on Don Khon, in the 4,000 Islands archipelago in the Mekong River, Laos.
I had a chance to photograph a funeral while I was in Don Khon. I noticed some people setting up tents and food tables when I walked through the town very early in the morning and made a note to go back and check it out later in the day.
I went back at lunch time and a Danish gentleman who lives on the island said there was going to be a funeral for one of the community's more important members. He owned a guest house and restaurant and was the island's "electrician," which means he had a government appointed job to collect the monthly electric bills from the island's residents.
One of the things I love about being a photojournalist is that I get to see how people live. I went to the man's home and introduced myself to his family. They invited me, no encouraged me, to stay and photograph the service. One of his daughters said I should accompany the funeral procession out to the rice fields for the cremation.
So I stayed.
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