The goat herder, Himachel Pradesh


I had been commissioned to take some photos for a book on dying traditions in the Himalayas which included photographing a valley that was due to be flooded in a couple of years time for a dam. I was standing taking in the view and thinking how sad it was that this was going to happen when a lady came past herding a few goats. She too went to stand and  gaze at the landscape; she looked so beautiful against the verdant backdrop that I asked if I could take her photo. She nodded and continued to just peacefully stand there while I took a couple of shots; then she turned to me and calmly posed while I took this beautiful picture, before rejoining her goats and moving on. Her serenity comes back to me whenever I look at this photograph.


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