GLIMPSES OF PAKISTAN

Here are some photographs taken on one of my trips to Pakistan. There will be black and white images, as well as colour, in my forthcoming book Travels with My Hat.

I came upon these women filling water jars in the Desert Canal. They walk miles there and then back again, balancing the heavy jars on their heads. Amazing.

 

Here are more people carrying loads. This time in Baltistan. The man and his wife are carrying fuel for cooking and heating in their modest home in the Khaplu Valley.

 

A fisherman loading his camels on the Makran Coast of Baluchistan. A scene barely changed from 100 years ago. 

 

When I was out early, taking pictures in Peshawar, I passed this group of cart-drivers having breakfast in a corner of the bazaar.

 

A Kutchi nomad family in Swat moving south to winter in Sindh. Their worldly possessions are carried on two donkeys. 

 

These men are tenderly holding partridges in the bird market in Quetta. In the absence of other entertainment, partridge fights remain popular in Baluchistan.

 

Mohana fishing families on the Indus river in Sukkur, keep pet birds to fish when bad weather prevents the boats from putting out. A string tied to one leg prevents the birds escaping. 

 

A procession of ox-carts heading to a tribal wedding. The women are wearing the all enveloping burqa, A roadside scene near Dera Ghazi Khan. 

 

A beggar posing as a Sufi penitent is hoping for alms from pilgrims visiting a shrine in Multan, a town in  Punjab.                           

 

 

 

About Travels with My Hat

Australian photojournalist and author. Used London as a base for nearly forty years while freelancing in the Middle East, Arabian peninsular, Africa and South Asia. Have written and illustrated more than a dozen books and travel guides. Operates a well regarded religious images stock photo library: www.worldreligions.co.uk. Live in Leura in the Blue Mountains outside Sydney.
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4 Responses to GLIMPSES OF PAKISTAN

  1. Julia says:

    Wonderful photos – I like the B&W. What easy lives we all lead now. I liked the leitmotif of hard work

  2. Thank you. The rural poor do work hard and after the terrible floods of 2010-11, it is sad to read that this year’s monsoon
    has inundated many areas with resultant loss of human and animal life, and the destruction of crops.

  3. I’ve travelled extensively in India but never to Pakistan, so find your photos especially interesting to view. I love seeing photography that shows people and places and like the fact you seem to have captured people at ease, in their natural surroundings

  4. Christine Osborne says:

    Thank you Stuart. It becomes harder to achieve “natural photographs” with everyone now holding up a mobile phone to snap away. But I doubt that much has changed in Pakistan which, due to its reputation, sees next to no tourists. It is one of the most photogenic countries I have visited on my travels. My book which is heavily illustrated is still on sale on Amazon “An Insight and Guide to Pakistan”.

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