if you’ve been lucky enough to visit the Wild Coast in South Africa you might have come upon some super chill cows having a great day at the beach. it is always a delight for me to see the cows when we travel to Kei each year for our summer holidays, they even gate-crashed our engagement!
The Amapondo* people are a sub-branch of the Xhosa tribe and live on South Africa’s beautiful and wild east Coast. Pondo cattle visit the beach every day and reports from shipwrecked sailors stranded on the coast from the 16th Century onwards suggests they have been doing so for a long time, but no one is quite sure why. Whatever the explanation for this curious behaviour, photographer Christopher Rimmer’s large scale and graphically striking portraits appear surreal, perhaps because we have been visually conditioned to anticipate cattle with pasture as a backdrop by centuries of artistic tradition.
hey, i know why cows visit the beach: cause it’s rad. why WOULDN’T you visit the beach?
* just FYI the actual spelling is amaMpondo (but you could say that it is pronounced as ‘amapondo’). i have left the title as the photographer named the series.