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

 

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  1. Johnny Hibbert-Hingston

    Lovely pictures. My wife and I live in the Pamirs and you have inspired me to dig out my sketch book!

    1. Elizabeth

      Hello Johnny,
      Thank you for your comments, I’m afraid this is a rather late acknowledgement, I do not spend as much time as I should updating the site. I hope you have filled your sketchbook!
      How amazing to live in the Pamirs. I have always been drawn to these very wild places; the Preselis are quite wild, but these mountains must be something else! My late husband was a shepherd in Scotland, back in the 50’s.
      If you like to send me your email, I will put you on my list to receive news and new pictures, etc.

      Many thanks for writing.

      Elizabeth

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