Dead trees on the shore of Lake Nakuru, in central Kenya; 27 Apr 1980.  These trees grew beside the lake, but then were killed when the lake’s highly alkaline waters rose and flooded their roots.

Despite the fact that its over 30 years ago now, I can still remember taking this shot, which was originally in colour.  I remember placing the nearest tree on the right of the frame, and liking it because it was partially sunlit, and because it was leaning into the frame.

Looking at it now, my eye is taken from this leaning tree, out across the bright sky reflections in the shallow pools of water, to the tree with a dense canopy, which looks rather like an upside down ice cream cone.  This tree is also leaning into the frame, while being silhouetted against the bright sky, and just about at a compositional strong point in the picture, on the junction of the upper third and the left hand third.

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OM-1 with 28mm Zuiko lens; Agfa CT18 colour slide, rated at 64 ISO; converted to monochrome in Silver Efex Pro.


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.


  1. LensScaper says:

    There is certainly mood and atmosphere in this image, Adrian. It has a primeval feel to it which I think B&W emphasizes. And like you, I can still look at old prints from thirty years, and longer ago, and still recall standing and taking that shot as if it was yesterday. Images like this are powerful points on our visual journeys.


  2. bluebrightly says:

    I love this image – isn’t it wonderful the way taking photographs can etch the movement into your memory? I have no idea what the original looked like, but I have a feeling it was very different in feeling. This processing really creates a mood – perfect for the setting!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, Lynn! I can’t recall what the original looks like either – without burrowing back through many disks – but you’re right, it wasn’t like this. Very glad it gets to you. Adrian


  3. …so beautiful decay, Adrian…Thank you…


  4. I always love these: black and white/water and trees/sky and shadow/dark and light/ mystical and eerie. Amazing. ❤️


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      ATP, thank you very much indeed, I’m so glad to hear that! I hope your Sunday, which is somewhat behind our’s timewise, will go very well. We have developed a little Sunday tradition: we have some cake with one or two Irish coffees, the day mellows, and we relax. I recommend it. 🙂 ATP xxxxxXXXXXXXXXX!!!!!!!

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  5. Love the mood, Adrian!


  6. krikitarts says:

    I remember this image quite well and still like it very much. Isn’t it amazing how we can recall so many of the conditions that were present and thoughts that we had when creating a favorite image? I’ve had the experience a number of times and it can be as evocative in stirring sharp memory as can a certain fragrance.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Well, I’m pleased that this image has made such an impression on you, my friend, its previous showing was quite awhile back. And yes, you’re absolutely right about our remembering details about the time that a favourite image was taken – and of course, as we get older, our long-term memory sharpens, such that we are able to recall more and more from long ago – I recall positively ancient conversations! – so that maybe our memories of favourite photographic moments will expand too.


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