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:

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A Kyrgyz boy poses with his hand-caught Indian Myna (Acridotheres tristis).
© Martin Campbell 2008

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.

~ by finchwench on Wednesday, 17 December 2008.

One Response to “A Photo Chronicle of Naryn”

  1. A white-skinned kyrgyz, he-he.

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