When we visited Pakistan in 1992 we had the privilige of being invited to visit an Afghan refugee camp near Peshawar in the northwest frontier province of Pakistan. In those days there were 4 million Afghan refugess in Pakistan as a result of the war against the Soviet Union in the 1980s. This is an old Afghan sport which consist in a bunch of horsemen fighting over a dead sheep which they have to pick up from the field and carry round on their horse until it is snatched away by another rider and so on and so forth. I never fully understood the rules, I was too captivated by the noise, the smell and the colours. These are Afghan tribesmen and know no fear. They say polo originated with this tribal sport as observed by the English. I don't know if that is true.
Obviously an old print, scanned as bmp, cropped and resized and enhanced before saving as jpeg for the web. The camera was a semi-automatic Pentax.
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mimi (2325) 2004-10-01 15:11
This is real TE stuff! Really unique and interesting note and subject matter. I like how you've framed it so we feel like we're looking as part of the crowd. I just wish (kind of) that we could see the dead sheep.
Spoony (3539) 2004-10-01 15:31
This is TE!!!! The spirit is all here...
Very, very interessant photo. Adorable. This is culture!
Thanks for sharing.
Jeppe (18654) 2004-10-01 17:13
Oh you surely a trekker of the earth - :-) thanks Per - a very documentary from this special kind of sport event - You got a very fine and moody light on this shot - I like the spectators as well.
roshangar (1680) 2004-10-02 5:57
Excellent!I agree with Jeppe,you did a great work,thanks!
danbachmann (1746) 2004-10-22 17:50
This is a great image when it is cropped down. The sky is very distracting and would require a graduated neutral density filter or cut it out completely. You can scroll up to the trees off the screen and get the feeling - without the overpowering white sky, the image has focus on the circle of horses and the activity within
zenitlady (221) 2005-06-21 20:34
Hello! Great action photo of a rarely seen event! I know the Afghans now play a regular polo with the mallets, but this game seems much more rough and tumble. Important historical shot! Well done!