Images by René Paul Gosselin
A BOOK containing rare and beautiful photographs of people in the secluded
mountain kingdom of Lesotho has been released in Johannesburg.
The image are by René Paul Gosselin, businessman turned photographer who has
been increasingly fascinated by Lesotho and has spent years recording the lives of its
people, mostly in remote rural areas.
FOR THE best part of a decade, businessman turned photographer René Paul
Gosselin has been increasingly drawn to the remote mountain kingdom of Lesotho.
Gradually, he has learnt that, rather than chasing people and scenes, he should ‘wait
quietly by the roadside’, and his subjects will eventually arrive by themselves.
This approach has resulted in a stunning set of photographs depicting the lives of a
people who, while fundamentally at peace with themselves and their environment,
are constantly at work: ploughing, reaping, threshing, winnowing, milling, weaving,
and tending their livestock.
They include images of a gathering of hundreds of Basotho horsemen in the remote
central highlands, held under the auspices of their paramount chief, to discuss
grazing rights and other vital land use issues – the first ever taken of this spectacular
ABOUT RENÉ PAUL GOSSELIN
AFTER WORKING in international commerce for nearly 30 years, René Paul Gosselin
returned to his childhood love of photography, kindled by the headmaster of St
Luke’s Preparatory School on the Channel Island of Jersey, where he was born. His
other great love is Lesotho, which he has photographed intensively in recent years.
He divides his time between homes in Johannesburg and Fouriesburg in the eastern
Free State, the latter a ten‐minute drive from the Lesotho border.
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