Photo Essay: Horsemen of Semonkong by Thom Pierce

In May 2016, Thom Pierce spent eight days in Semonkong in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, walking the footpaths between villages photographing the herdsmen (and a few women) that he met. Situated at 2, 275 metres above sea level, many of the areas in Lesotho are inaccessible by car. With vast distances between towns and homesteads, people often use horses and donkeys to commute and move their livestock between pastures. Read this interview Thom gave with Fotografia Magazine to find out more about the making of this series. 

Teoho Malme
Teoho Malme
Bokang Lijo, 15 years old.
Bokang Lijo, 15 years old.
Taboho Pakara
Taboho Pakara
Chabeli Mothabeng, 20 years old. Started herding 14. Just arrived in Semonkong and wants to be a soldier.
Chabeli Mothabeng, 20 years old. Started herding 14. Just arrived in Semonkong and wants to be a soldier.
Lucas Phethoka on his horse Delane
Lucas Phethoka on his horse Delane.
Mamasisi and Masisi Letsapo
Mamasisi and Masisi Letsapo.
Mohasoa Motoko, 21 years old. 8 years old when he started herding. Has 9 cows of his own and has been his own boss for 3 years.
Mohasoa Motoko, 21 years old. 8 years old when he started herding. Has 9 cows of his own and has been his own boss for 3 years.
Motaba Motaba, 22 years old.
Motaba Motaba, 22 years old.
Mpho Khanyapa
Mpho Khanyapa
Fusi Lekhotla and his horse Smart
Fusi Lekhotla and his horse Smart.
Hlokomelang Motoko, 8 years old. Works at the weekend and owns 2 sheep. Wants to be a full time herd boy.
Hlokomelang Motoko, 8 years old. Works at the weekend and owns 2 sheep. Wants to be a full time herd boy.
Thabo Moso, 20 years old
Thabo Moso, 20 years old.
Lebohang Monyamane
Lebohang Monyamane
Thapelo Moiloa with his dog Limo
Thapelo Moiloa with his dog Limo.
Thabo Lekhotsa
Thabo Lekhotsa

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  1. Brilliant work of a mountain tribe