Sniffling, bleating, mooing…

Our new family is the Kosen family, shepherds of profession. Kosen senior (54) and his wife, Junus (22), live on an enclosure shielded by thorn bushes. They share their space with Kosens old mother, his brother and family and his sister, a widow with three kids. At night, when the twelve cows and the twenty five goats also stay inside the enclosure the air filled with their sniffling, bleating and mooing. At dawn the herds are brought to the pastures to graze and we come along. Thom walks, with the camera on his shoulder, like a sheep dog around the animals. The world is gorgeous here; it is like the beginning of times, a glowing pink sky, stretched hills without endings, grazing zebras, acacias with the round nests of the weaver birds. This is all brought to life by the crackling, crunching and buzzing sounds of all the invisible savannah residents. Anne-Marie Boer and Diederik Veerman

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