A scene from when we were driving through the night, avoiding stray timber lorries and huge boulders with only our headlights as guidance. In such circumstances, communication between cars is extremely important and this is where a walkie-talkie comes in.
An overview of both longhouses occupied by Penan families that make up the Lusong Laku village. The far end of the houses is where the might river is and over the river can spot a huge tree where the ancestors of the Penans are laid to rest, hanging in their coffins.
Here, families share the same living space with both pet and stray dogs. Stepping into the homes for the first time, one wonders about the lack of chairs, tables, coffee-tables etc. Being formerly nomadic, the Penans are unused to the idea of having furniture in their living space.
A boy with his dog at the entrance to his home.
A funny moment in between shots when a child from another family walks into another family waiting for their portrait.
Portrait of a Penan family in Lusong Laku.
Portrait of an old Penan woman within her living space.
An intimate portrait of a newly married couple with their firstborn.
A portrait of an older man showcasing the iconic ‘bunga terung’ tattoo on both shoulders, signifying his status as a man within the community.
A woman poses next to her households stockpile of fresh water stored in mineral water bottles.
Such an organized living space pictured here is very rare within the community.
View part 2 of the series here and an overview of the mission here.