About a month ago, I was in Bali for the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop 2015 and had a wonderful time connecting with like-minded peers while coming up with a photo essay for a presentation on the final night.
The Foundry Photojournalism Workshop for 2016 will be held in Cape Town, South Africa and I highly recommend it. I will touch more on my experience in the workshop during my coming posts but for now, I would like to share the story I worked on during the workshop.
A Ngaben or a cremation ceremony is a ritual the Balinese perform as part of their funeral process.
I did not speak a word of Bahasa and my driver kind of left me there for 6 hours which made it really awkward in the beginning since I was the only foreigner with a camera yet, without a word, the Balinese families welcomed me and allowed me to silently document their ceremony.
A fellow Foundry participant, Quinn did a story on the cremation too.
The entire ceremony was elaborate with many rituals; yet from what I understood, what I photographed was the ‘cheaper and fast-forwarded’ version of the real ceremony as it is very expensive and lasts a couple of days. In some cases, a mass ceremony will be performed because it is more affordable.