A small settlement in northern Kenya’s Kaisut Desert, looking northwards towards the distant highlands of Mt Marsabit; 1981.

The settlement consists of a few buildings with mud walls and corrugated iron roofs and some hemispherical mud huts.  Each group of buildings is surrounded by a fence of dead thornbush, within which stock animals are kept at night.

The desert is unusually green after recent rains.  Each conical hill in the distance is a small volcano, and the massif on the horizon is Mt Marsabit, a national park of entirely volcanic origin.  Marsabit rises over a thousand metres above the surrounding plains and, in its higher reaches, supports dense forests that derive their moisture from the clouds that frequently cloak the high ground.

I love the colours in this picture.  Agfa CT18 was an excellent but quite slow film which tended if anything to err towards brownish hues perfect for many Kenyan landscapes.  I used to slightly underexpose it to further saturate the colours.

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OM-1 with 28mm Zuiko lens; Agfa CT18 colour slide, rated at 64 ISO.


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. wonderful landscape and background story!


  2. bluebrightly says:

    I’m with Paula, there is so much to get absorbed in here. Who is the European artist who painted people working in the fields, with big bales of hay? It has that feeling, but that’s not to lessen it – there is a balance between warm and cool colors, and between the domestic/comfortable and the grand beyond. You must make a print for yourself.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Oh, thank for these good words, Lynn. Prints aren’t really something I do, but I do make large copies of my favourite images in Blurb photobooks and its in one of these. Thank you again. Adrian 🙂


  3. paula graham says:

    Stunning, totally stunning..could be a painting, bet it would look fabulous as a large print.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I spent a week up in this area, and one of my very fond memories is of sitting outside my hut, watching vultures lazily circling in the thermals above a small hill – it was hot and quiet, only the sounds of the wind, and these great birds effortlessly floating above – right in the same league as my first view of a Golden Eagle, over a wild sea cliff on Skye! 🙂 This is a favourite picture of mine too.

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