Drawings and watercolours of the Wakhi shepherds

I must have watched the first episode of Kate Humble’s Wild Shepherdess at least a dozen times, so absorbed did I become in the story of these heroic people. I sometimes think that a Preseli hill farm is wild in the winter – in January the Highland cows had icicles hanging from their ears – but that was nothing to the hardships endured by the Wakhi in the High Pamir.

So I began to draw and paint them from images on the screen, using a sketchbook as I would have done on the spot; here are a few of the results. I’m hoping to show more of them at MOMA in September.

Approaching the Wakhan Valley

Approaching the Wakhan

 

The valley

The valley

 

The sheep

The sheep

The yaks

The yaks and a small child

A shepherd

A shepherd

A dealer

A dealer

 

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Bakht Begum

 

By the lake

By the lake

 

The High Pamir

The High Pamir