How to pick cotton
• How to pick cotton
Now in the midst of Uzbekistan cotton. From whatever town you go left, drive a few kilometers and you will see a field of dry shrub covered with wool. I went from Tashkent to Samarkand direction with a view to take pictures of the process of cleaning.
Some general information for those who like me to travel to Uzbekistan, have never seen cotton growing. Cotton growing in the fields on the small bush about waist-high.
To put it simply, it's just a piece of wool on the branches.
Before the harvest fields to stop feeding water. Therefore, cotton dries up. Itself "wool" matures into a so-called box. In this photo rassohlas box and opened (possibly in reverse order).
But this box I scratched himself. It was green and completely closed.
The day was not without adventure. I left Tashkent and approximately 10 km from the city stopped near a large cotton field, which employs a lot of people. I went to the field and only had a couple of questions to ask the guys who worked there, and make a few shots as the man approached me and said that making the cotton harvest is strictly prohibited. Asked who I am and what I do here. I told it like it is - say, a tourist, taking pictures.
A minute later came another man and called the owner of the field, said that this is private property, you can not take pictures, and it calls the police. Call the mobile, came two more - one civil, the other in the form. One in the form shown identification and called the precinct. They started asking me if I had permission, what I photograph, and so on. Even they said that now I will be taken to the prosecutor's office :) But I know that especially the criminal did nothing and I have nothing to fear. They stood and talked, they had a long conversation with each other in the Uzbek, the local long someone was calling on his mobile. As a result, they poprosli remove the four frame that I made. They said that without authorization may not allow me to take pictures. What you need to get permission to hakimiate Tashkent region (such as the mayor's office or management in Russian) have any there Rustam-aka. And the man who advised me this, asked me not to talk to hakimiate that he sent it to me. Why not remove the cotton harvest, he did not know.
All this lasted no more than half an hour and ended up being one of them gave me a lift to the taxi rank, so I could go to Tashkent. But I did not go to Tashkent, and the next field, where no one has forbidden to shoot.
The problem is that in Uzbekistan in some cotton fields harvested schoolchildren. About 2 weeks, every day, they do not go to school and on the field. It would seem that this such - well, kids will work hands, I pray in the open air - will be healthier. In the end, we, Russian schoolchildren, also on the summer practice at the school sent weeding carrots and I think it's just a fun time with good feelings, and curricula and may be reallocated. But all sorts of human rights defenders, it is used as an opportunity to accuse Uzbekistan of child labor. Therefore cleanups organizers do not like people with cameras.
Whatever it was, to photograph me no ban on the adjacent field.
The size of the field - 2, 5 hectares. Those who cleans cotton, I counted about 30 people - are no more than 3 men, about 8 children, the rest - women.
Women zamatyvayut face with a handkerchief. In the first place, protected from the sun, and secondly, to less than breathe the dust from the dry land.
Harvested cotton is folded in such a knot that is tied to his belt.
When it is sufficiently full, it is convenient to sit.
The woman the previous day collected 118 kilograms of cotton. 1 kilogram pickers are paid 130 som. That is, the last day of a woman earned about 15 ths. Soum, which is about $ 6 at current exchange rate.
I robbed a bush and scored this much. Leaves and box dry and prickly, so you need to wear gloves.
From this field plan to collect 120 tons of cotton. So far collected only 20.
As I said, the children help their parents and do not look tortured and oppressed.
Mother and daughter.
With a daughter and son.
Write down the address of where to send photos. I so often do - print photos, and then send them by regular mail. Sometimes it's the only way to persuade the person to be photographed.
The funny thing - as children are changing in the face when they take pictures. This picture I made a sudden the boy.
And the next he had already prepared - stood at attention and took a serious expression on his face. By the way, so it does not only children but also many adults.
Harvested cotton are to the trailer.
So many gathered for today.
And record the results in a notebook.