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Herder Pride

Place taken: Mongolia

Sarah Morgan, Beloit College

Program: SIT (School for International Training): Mongolia, Fall 2011

In the Mongolian countryside, the landscape stretches beyond imagination. My host father and I were herding goats and sheep muddled together, grazing, meandering down to the river. For hundreds of years or more, his family has bred these animals; they are his entire livelihood, his movable feast. I raised my camera to take a picture of my host father with his herd.

"No," he told me in Mongolian, "over here." He wanted to appear in my photograph sitting astride his shiny new motorcycle, a jarring intrusion of modernity into the pastoral landscape.

This man’s life is a collision of two worlds.

Through my viewfinder, I watched him swing his leg over the motorcycle ... and took the photo.

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Herder Pride

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Photo by Sarah Morgan, Beloit College