Nguni cattle have been in vogue with interior decorators for a long time. Their popularity has not abated and paintings and photographs of Nguni cattle still adorn the walls of the fashion conscious.
Ever since Marguerite Polands immensely popular book” The Abundant Herds” appeared on book shelves and coffee tables both in South Africa and overseas,the formerly obscure breed became the rage.
Marguerite dedicated this book: “ to the creative genius of the Zulu people and, with love to the memory of Bert Schroeder, whose devotion to the study of Nguni cattle has been a source of constant inspiration”
Bert Schroeder drew up a register of colour patterns for the Nguni cattle with the Zulu names for the various patterns. Marguerite used his research in her “ Doctor of Philosophy” degree with the title : “ Uchibidolo: The Abundant Herds” . A descriptive study of the Sanga-Nguni cattle of the Zulu people with special reference to colour – pattern terminology and naming – practice.”
Ed Schroeder, son of Bert Schroeder has continued with his fathers passion for the Nguni through his photography. Ed became known for his photo’s of the Nguni which he printed on canvas . What started as a hobby became a passion and this passion is clearly apparent in the depth of his photographs.Whilst continuing with his traditional photographs, he has now re-invented himself and turned them into something much more modern and contemporary.This required a big shift in his thinking and his approach, but the end result is very appealing to the younger generation.
It is only the great variation in colours and patterns which has allowed him to produce these amazing images.