The World I See - Buffy Redsecker

Giant Clam Feast

The whole village on Bodaluna Island, Laughling Group (Budi Budi) in Papua New Guinea turned out to greet us when we went ashore. They danced and entertained us, and allowed us to wander their entire island photographing them. They treated our visit as a holiday, and as part of the holiday festivities sent two young boys out to harvest a giant clam for food that night. I caught the boy holding the meat above the newly empty shell. He will eat well, but in his face I see a melancholy about the magnificent life he's had to take.