Here's another picture from the black and white negatives I found recently at the bottom of my office drawer.
This is from an assignment to Eritrea in 1993 for the referendum on independence from Ethiopia. One of the days I was staying there I was taken on a tour with an organization assisting the local agriculture. We travelled maybe 70-80 km south of Asmara, the capital, and inspected some irrigation projects in small villages.
These grounds nere the village of Egri Mekel certainly look like they could need more water. I took a few pictures of small boys looking after the family cattle.
This was scanned from a Kodak negative.
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JudyR (1671) 2010-12-08 12:05
Dramatic photograph. Where do these cattle find enough to eat? Touches my heart. Thank you. Judy
saxo042 (37588) 2010-12-08 12:07
This is indeed a very strong photo with both photographical and documentary values. You must be very lucky to finally have cleaned your drawer, after all these years.
agjika (3616) 2010-12-08 13:53
Of all the suffering in this world that of children is most unbearable. At first this boy looks confident and the cattle looks pretty health until you look at his legs.
Very strange terrain not much for anyone.
Fantastic capture and one that stirs emotions.
Thanks for sharing
adores (38134) 2010-12-08 16:36
Always great to see your old photos! I like this one,it's so unusual! What are the cows eating here. Seems they don't have much! But the shepherd seems happy posing for your camera! Good b&w!
emilbo (22616) 2010-12-08 17:34
Magnifique N/B et sujet très ntéressant avec ce jeune garçon aux vêtement sdéfraichis. Les vaches n'ont pas grand chose à manger sur ce terrain rocailleux. Belle prise de vue et beau dégradé de gris.
Tous mes compliments,
bukitgolfb301 (36428) 2010-12-08 19:38
Hi my dear Gert
Very tasteful portarit shot.
His serious expression is so attractive. B&W color presentation and soft focus adds better effects to the atmosphere. Thanks for my sharing with your great job, have a good day, best regrads from cold windy Tokyo
emka (80790) 2010-12-08 23:02
Another document from your neverending drawer! Interesting photo as always is the case. I know that goats can eat everything but cows? There are only stones there and certainly now water. What was the result of this i nspection? We can see how hard life has this boy, very poor and hungry, still posing for you and even smiling.
Great document, impressive.
jasmis (57854) 2010-12-09 2:09
Your drawer is bottomless! Superb report shot in splendid B&W tones.
Regards my dear friend.
Gerrit (48948) 2010-12-09 7:44
Moving photo of this skinny boy in the worn out clothes.
What a desolate place where the cows look for the greens between the stones.
annjackman (20091) 2010-12-09 9:01
This is my 4th viewing of this picture and each time I try to find the words to say why I like it so much. However, the comments from Judy and others say it all and I cannot add anything. This is an important piece of photojournalism and I can't help wondering what became of this little boy.
COSTANTINO (56763) 2010-12-09 9:29
thanks for sharing such a photo
it is a very interesting shot with
artistic value for all of us
the black and white are the colors
that show the delicate atmosphere
and the reality,greetings
siamesa (27747) 2010-12-09 15:28
Boa noite Gert
Impressive photo document.A sad image of the real situation of the people there.Excellent work. Congratulations.
Waylim (25362) 2010-12-09 19:05
Funny, I was looking at the thumbnail, and I thought he was carrying the cow on his shoulder with one arm. LOL.
Once again a really good classic shot from years gone by. He is now a grown man with a family. the texture and details of the rock are really nice even better than the boy.
Always a joy to look at oldies.
wolf38 (31282) 2010-12-10 10:41
Hi Gert. Shepherd. Animals guard is probably the oldest of human activities. Often children are engaged in this work. The animals found in this rocky desert to eat something. Hard for the animals and just as hard for the shepherds. Regards, Wolfgang.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2010-12-10 11:25
Good evening Gert,
I like much this image of a typical breeding. The grass seems rare. Pretty portrait coming up of this young shepherd. Very good quality of digitalization. Cheer.
Have a good evening
subhendu_bagchi (25869) 2010-12-10 23:24
nice documentation on this subject. Very good capture and nicely presented in black and white. Great work. Like the urban atmosphere with fine clarity. Excellent note. Tfs.
Glint (6167) 2010-12-14 6:18
another fine documentary shot. Such a compelling image of the wee boy and the cattle. As someone as already remarked, how do they survive on such terrain?
leo61 (0) 2010-12-18 4:44
We privileged Europeans sit now comfortable with 20 + degree in our livingrooms,while it`s snowing outside and in summer,Conditions like in Eritrea for some days we switch on the AC.......
Another good shot from your archive.
Recently I`ve seen simillar scenecs in Morocco.
Have agreat weekend,
UlfE (14641) 2010-12-19 5:44
I really enjoy all your photos taken 20-35 years ago. I must be great for you as well to show all these pictures to the world. I do not know if the original was B&W but it is a really good choice here. The photo is well-composed even though I believe that you might have chosen a slightly different POV if you would have taken the photo today. Still it is a fantastic photo. TFS and ha en bra söndag!
Yiannis84 (2824) 2012-01-12 5:49
Amazing image in B&W...Excellent concept and execution
very well done
kato (11630) 2013-03-29 22:38
You're capturing well this scene by a good composition and excellent B/W tone/clarity, so it's impressive to see the dry ground to which water is not supplied. Surely, an irrigation enterprise is visible to a required place here. It's impressive in an innocent boy standing on the ground, and the cow that is looking for food, too.
ourania (32763) 2013-11-23 11:56
another endearing and fascinating portrait of a little boy caught too early in the responsibilities and anxieties of daily life. I like very much his natural pose, straightforward gaze and subtle smile. This is his world and he looks integrated in it. I love the effect of the monochrome that makes the little boy stand out, renders the sense of heat and aridity stronger and makes the scarce vegetation invisible. I hope that life ahead was good to him. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
serp2000 (40612) 2014-08-14 6:56
We have not often see the photos from this young and poor African country. As you know I like this see your old archive photos, it's just a document and a part of history. Special thanks for your note. Impressive report from Eritrea.