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Looking at this photo more than 41 years after it was taken I realize it has a special significance to me.

This was a Monday in late August 1972, at maybe 11 AM, a couple of kilometres outside the city of Herat in western Afghanistan. A short while before I met this shepherd and his herd I had been robbed in a cave on a hillside, but I was unhurt, having only lost some money, and had even managed to keep my camera. This was the first photo I took after I was allowed to leave the cave. I remember being happy to be alive, to be able to hear the birds singing and to take pictures.

On my way back to Herat I slightly lost my directions and got into a village where children swimming in a green pond had a lot of fun at seeing me. An old man riding on a donkey showed me how to reach Herat. I could see the minarets of the city in the distance, but finding the straight way wasn't so easy.

How I ended up in that cave? Well, it's a long story and I won't get into it here. All I can say is that I had my Canon FT-QL loaded with a roll of Agfacolor CT18 and that this is a scan of one of the 36 pictures. You can see a larger version here.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3294 W: 295 N: 6818] (36335)
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