Thomson’s Gazelles at the Hyaena Dam, at the southern end of Nairobi National Park, Kenya; the late 1970s.

The animal on the right is an adult female, with fully grown horns.  On the left is a well grown youngster.

I enjoyed the environs of this dam.  It was a quiet and completely open area where you could (against National Park regulations) get out of the vehicle without any risk to life and limb, and there were often interesting birds around the water’s edge.  This very small national park is right on the city’s edge, and I now hear that it is threatened by urban sprawle.

OM-1 with 75-150 Zuiko at 150mm; Agfa CT 18 colour slide, rated at 64 ISO.

UPDATE: when I originally posted this, nearly three years back now, one viewer drew my notice to the way in which the composition “flows” from upper left to lower right – we start at the youngster’s head, move down its neck and up its back, and then up over the mother’s rump and down her head and neck to the water.  The shallow diagonal between the shore and the water also echoes this “downwards towards the right” feel.


About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

2 Responses to ARCHIVE 192 – THOMSON’S GAZELLE

  1. paula graham says:

    What pretty and dainty beauties and speedy too if they are chased by just about any predator on 4 legs…this world being what it is. Lovely


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