Beloit College Magazine

Spring 2013 (March 14, 2013 at 12:00 am)

Photo Shoot: Herder Pride

June 27, 2013 at 11:08 am
By Sarah Morgan’13

In the Mongolian countryside, the landscape stretches beyond imagination. My host father and I were herding goats and sheep muddled together, grazing, meandering down to the river. For hundreds of years or more, his family has bred these animals; they are his entire livelihood, his movable feast. I raised my camera to take a picture of my host father with his herd.

“No,” he told me in Mongolian, “over here.” He wanted to appear in my photograph sitting astride his shiny new motorcycle, a jarring intrusion of modernity into the pastoral landscape.

This man’s life is a collision of two worlds.

Through my viewfinder, I watched him swing his leg over the motorcycle … and took the photo.

Sarah Morgan’13 in Mongolia 

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