The Last Shepherds
For centuries children of the Maasai tribe take care of the small animals from their cattle: sheep and goats. Teenagers and eldery care for the cows. Young men become moran (warriors) and hunt for food. But these traditions are under pressure, due to family planning, decreasing and dry land and the introduction of education in rural areas. Parents send their kids to school, hoping for a future where their families do not longer rely on cattle and climate alone. Only a few of the kids are still selected to take care of the cattle. Some of them start every morning from their bomas (houses) behind the enkaji (fences made of branches). However, during seasons of drought they are forced to walk longer distances and sleep overnight on the savannah, in the presence of warriors and dogs.
All people photographed for this series got a instant photo in return. For most of them it was the first time they ever saw a picture of themselves. Kenya, 2010.