A Photo Chronicle of Naryn
While perusing some of the 2008 National Geographic International Photography Contest submissions, I instantly fell in love with this image:
According to the photographer, this boy was one charged with steering a flock of sheep in a narrow, green pasture alongside a road between the Kokjar and Tolok villages in Naryn Oblast of Kyrgyzstan. When beckoned for a photograph, he seemed “happy to oblige” but took a curiously long time in making his way over. Not until looking through the lens did Campbell notice the secondary prize in his primary subject’s grasp. After the photo was snapped, the young shepherd released his feathered captive, and ran over to approve the image. Campbell reports of the boy’s verdict that “he loved” it.
So do I. Thanks to Martin Campbell for sharing the photo and the narrative.