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.
Bokang Lijo, 15 years old.
Chabeli Mothabeng, 20 years old. Started herding 14. Just arrived in Semonkong and wants to be a soldier.
Lucas Phethoka on his horse Delane.
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.
Motaba Motaba, 22 years old.
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.