Luka Gorjup | photographer's blog

Luka Gorjup | photographer's blog




The Herdsman / Pastir

Category : Documentary · by Oct 13th, 2015

Island Molat is a relatively small Croatian island. It was once under feudalistic regime and later bought by the Kingdom of Yugoslavia for the land to be given to the people living on the island. It used to be covered with fields and orchards, but since people started moving to mainland, all the fields are now maquis shrubland. Today, the whole island is literally overgrown with maquis.
This short photo essay is about Karlo, a herdsman on Molat. I spent a couple of days with him leading the herd. Since he retired from work, he moved to Molat and bought himself a herd of goats. Everyday he gets up early before sunrise and takes the herd of 68 goats through the rough maquis to graze. He then milks them to make goat dairy products, and in the evening he again leads the herd to graze. Goats consume on average 3,5 kilograms of food everyday, so herding them is quite a task. Karlo also says that goats are very useful, as they eat all the foliage in their reach, thus reducing the danger of wildfires. Although Karlo admits his work can be a bit overwhelming from time to time, he says he enjoys every minute of it. Karlo also says, that his goats are slowly clearing narrow island footpaths, which have been overgrown by shrubs.

Otok molat je relativno majhen otok na Hrvaškem. Nekoč je bil pod fevdalnim režimom, a ga je Kraljevina Jugoslavija leta 1936 odkupila in zemljo dala otočanom. Otok je bil prekrit z obdelanimi polji in sadovnjaki, danes pa je zaradi odseljevanja prebivalcev skoraj popolnoma preraščen z gosto makijo.
Kratek foto esej govori o Karlu, pastirju z Molata. Po upokojitvi, se je preselil na Molat in kupil čredo koz. Vsak dan vstaja ob sončnem vzhodu in pelje čredo 68 koz na pašo skozi gosto makijo. Ko se vrne v hlev, jih pomolze, mleko pa uporabi za kozji sir in kefir, popoldan pa čredo ponovno pelje skozi goščavo. Koze morajo pojesti približno 3.5 kg rastlinja na dan, zato je paša razmeroma dolgotrajna. Karlo pravi, da so koze so izredno koristne, saj pojedo skoraj vse rastlinje v njihovem dosegu in s tem zmanjšujejo nevarnost zanetenja požarov. Čeprav Karlo priznava, da je njegovo delo lahko precej obremenjujoče, pravi da uživa vsak trenutek. Pravi tudi, da s svojo čredo počasi čisti ozke poti po otoku, ki so skozi čas izginevale v gosti makiji.

Do naslednjič,
Luka

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(2) comments

JaNe
4 years ago · Reply

Super, vsa cast! Odlicno, hvala za tole.

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