Photographs taken on the evening of December 23rd, 2007, in the days when we still took the train to Torquay for our magical Xmas get
Flu… Each year we run, Each year we dodge. The arrows hit – the arrows miss… Slowly we fall to the ground. Pain inside out,
This man with nothing on his feet, a former soldier in the British Army and a person betrayed by the country he has served and had risked his life for, actually asked if we ‘were’ cold.
This means that the entire human – ox interaction, and the ploughing process itself, must be of a ‘naturally’ relaxed and co-ordinated manner. The oxen will walk in a straight line just as long as the Hakka farmer keeps his hands on the plough-handles (as this reassures and guides the ox). When uneven mounds of earth are encountered, the Hakka farmer assists the ox by pushing the plough (with the hands and occasionally with a foot) into the contours of the land. As the ox understands this process, it is willing to pull the plough up and down the field until all the uneven mounds are fully ‘turned’.