Photos from a Funeral

Venda’s great-grandmother passed away this week; she was laid to rest Thursday morning, in Aransas Pass, Texas.

I never even came close to knowing my great-grandparents, since my family doesn’t have a history of having children early. However, Venda was, for the most part, raised by her great-grandmother for several years, and was very, very close to her.

The weather was stereotypical for a funeral – cold and rainy, which suited me just fine. Sometimes you need cold rain. There were about thirty people at the funeral but they couldn’t all fit under the tent that had been erected at graveside. Consequently, there was a tight sea of umbrellas all around the grave. I wished I could have climbed a tree. Photos were hard to come by because of the huddle, but I was able to capture a few.

Venda was gracious enough to give me permission to post these.

A Last Farewell
A Last Farewell
Leica M6; Leitz Summicron-C 40/2; Fuji 160S Pro
Photo © Darren Abate.

A Last Farewell II
Canon F-1N; Canon FD 135/2; Fuji 160S Pro
Photo © Darren Abate.

Photo © Darren Abate

The funeral was at 11 a.m., after which the extended family ate together at a local restaurant. I had to drive back to San Antonio right after that because I had an assignment the same evening. I also had an early assignment today for the Washington Post, and I needed to get back early enough to iron out the details of it. Venda is still in Mathis, at her mom’s house. She should be back home some time Saturday.


~ by peakaction on January 6, 2007.

2 Responses to “Photos from a Funeral”

  1. So sorry to hear about your (and V’s) loss. Best wishes.

  2. moving

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