Maasai tribesmen, below the Nguruman Escarpment (the western wall of the rift valley), near Lake Magadi in southern Kenya; March 1979.

We had set up camp for a long weekend and, curious, these young men came to see us every day. Both are armed with the long spears used, amongst other things, to kill lions.

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OM-1 with 50mm Zuiko; Agfa CT18 colour slide, rated at 64 ISO; converted to mono with Silver Efex Pro



    • Yes, I think its got a bit of vignetting – and this is directly relevant to the thoughts that I’ve just sent to you, replying to your comment on my recently posted zebra shot. Glad you like it! Adrian


    • Thanks for your thoughts. Killing lions might have been sustainable for traditional people like these, using traditional weapons, but population growth and technology (rifles, vehicles) have stopped all that. I’ve been reading books by the English explorer Wilfred Thesiger – whom I actually met in Maralal in the 1980s – and he talks about the profusion of wildlife in Arabia around the WWII period, while noting how it was rapidly falling prey to motorised man – and he was a great shooter of lions, though mainly on foot! If you want filter effects like these, get Silver Efex Pro 2, which is part of Google’s Nik Collection. A


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