ARCHIVE 161 – DHOW AT LAMU
July 10, 2015 2 Comments
Last night I watched a TV programme on indigenous art in West Africa. It reinforced a thought that I’ve many times had that, while in Kenya, I should have taken more photos of both old and modern local art, and of the people too, but in those days I was very much into wildlife and scenery – and that’s, mainly, what I’ve got!
The town of Lamu is on a small island off Kenya’s coast. When I was there, no motor vehicles were allowed on the island and that’s probably still the case now. Kenya’s coastal peoples are mainly muslim, and Lamu abounded with beautiful things – buildings, boats, narrow alleyways, carved wooden doors – a wonderful place to be. I imagine its still much the same now but, like much of eastern Kenya, it is on the alert for violence, piracy and kidnappings springing from its unstable neighbour, Somalia.
OM-1 with 75-150 Zuiko at 150mm; Agfa CT18 colour slide rated at 64 ISO.