Author(s): Ilse Schrama
A sensitively written and beautifully presented photographic essay exploring the lives of a community of Buddhist monks and nuns, young and old, in Laos. The authors' sincere interest was rewarded with candid comments and intimate photographs of the daily routines of these dedicated followers of the 2,500 year old Theravada tradition. The result is a unique record of some of the less obvious facets of the devotees' lives of hardship and joy, as lived in their temple -Wat Lok Pa Luang- on the outskirts of Laos' capital city, Vientiane.
Photographer Ilse Schrama and graphic designer Birgit Schrama are sisters who collaborate on projects on a regular basis. Based in the Netherlands, a keen interest in Buddhism brought them to Laos and to their discovery of Wat Lok Pa Luang.