ANNIVERSARY – FATMAN PHOTOS IS EIGHT – PLUS SOME PICTURES FROM KENYA

 

 

Maasai woman

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Well, FATman Photos is eight years old, and once more I marvel at its longevity.  I read that photo blogging is addictive, and think this quite possibly true.  What is certainly true is that I find blogging a wonderful source of creativity and self-expression and a vast motivation for my photography – and that I enjoy the contact with “all of you out there” very much.  As always, thank you for looking at my blog, for adding Likes and making Comments – all of which are responded to.

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And news?  Well, two things to mention.  First, I’ve taken to carrying the diminutive Olympus TOUGH TG-5 camera with me on my long, relaxing and (hopefully!) waistline-reducing walks around south Bristol – and so to the Outer Suburbs project, which now has over a hundred posts – there is a recent summary of this project here .

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And second – and perhaps at the other end of the camera/photography spectrum – I’ve started using one of Nikon’s new full-frame, mirrorless cameras, the Z 6, which is a joy to use, and which certainly looks promising.  More details here .

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Long ago, I lived in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, for 12 years.  I started off lecturing at the University of Nairobi, and then went into tourism, leading bird and general wildlife safaris.  To say that I liked both Kenya and its people, and enjoyed the life there, is vast understatement.  I’ve been back in the UK for 30 years now, but those 12 years in Kenya have undoubtedly affected me, they have given me different ways of looking at and thinking about many things.  I don’t think I was “mainstream” to start with (well, ok, the word on the street might have been that I was getting towards being a complete wacko … 😉 ), but my time in Kenya added other things, and I’ve never really totally fitted in back here >>> and I’m grateful for that.  Its both pointless and intriguing to think how I might have turned out if, rather than going to Kenya, I’d stayed in the UK and “settled down” …

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So, here are 12 pictures from Kenya, all of which have been posted before – all are colour slides (transparencies – remember them?) that I scanned into digital sometime back; mostly Agfa CT18 slide film, that could be bought and processed in Nairobi; most of these pictures were taken with a simply wonderful and beautiful Olympus OM-1 camera, and others with the more automated OM-2, both with Olympus’s small, excellent Zuiko lenses – and both dearly loved, classic cameras which – old and mouldy now – I still possess.

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I hope you will like these pictures.  Thank you again for looking at FATman Photos.

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Adrian

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Tsavo West National Park
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Gecko with prey – several of these lived in my flat in Nairobi: I lived a simple life, with no phone or TV, and one of my enduring and very fond memories is of sitting quietly at home with a book in the evenings, and hearing these little lizards chattering back and fore to each other from the walls on either side of my living room.

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Lion asleep on a track in Maasai Mara

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Shaft of sunlight in Amboseli Game Reserve, with the dark slopes of Kilimanjaro as a backdrop

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Rocky semidesert in northern Kenya: the woman is leading the camels, each of which is loaded with baggage and tied to the animal in front

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The huge skies which I miss so very much, and which I find some memory of when out on the Tealham and Tadham Moors, on the Somerset Levels

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Luo farmers in Kenya’s far west

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Settlement in Kenya’s bleak – and vastly attractive – northern deserts; note the rough thornbush fences around each dwelling, to keep the stock animals safe at night; on the horizon is the great volcanic massif of Mt Marsabit, and every hill in this landscape is volcanic in origin; I’d picked up a liking for such empty vastnesses some years before, in Oman

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Storm over Lake Nakuru, in the rift valley; flamingos in the foreground, and more of them, and pelicans too, in flight further away

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Sunrise at Lake Nakuru: cormorants (some with their wings spread out to dry) and a great scrum of pelicans; and bare trees, killed by this soda lake’s alkaline waters

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About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for many types of subject, 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.

26 Responses to ANNIVERSARY – FATMAN PHOTOS IS EIGHT – PLUS SOME PICTURES FROM KENYA

  1. bluebrightly says:

    What a perfect sum-up….and I am really enjoying the results of your choice to show 12 images from your African days. You know what I was saying on my blog in reply to your comment about darkness? Africa relates to that – not in a negative sense, but in the sense of intensity, I think. Big skies, powerful animals, sere deserts, etc. etc. The photo that gets to me today is the northern desert settlement, becasue it reminds me very strongly of medieval landscapes I looked at in Europe. There’s something very basic about small, human settlements on the land that is exemplified in this picture.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, I understand your remark about intensity – and I think of finding something that exemplifies that intensity, pointing the camera at it, and firing, on and on.

      And I see what you’re saying about the isolated, small human settlements too – I lived in this one for several days while supervising a geology MSc student’s fieldwork. It was a wonderful experience, very much reminding me of the very desolate places I’d worked in in the interior of Oman – and every morning I’d emerge from my little hut, and watch the vultures silently circling over a nearby high point – just wonderful! A 🙂

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  2. Lovely collection of images. Happy 8th, Adrian!! Sounds like you’re really finding your groove these days. 🙂

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Sheila, thank you very much! And your blog must be even older – 9 or 10 years blogging maybe??? Well done to you too for keeping going so long!

      Yes, things bloggy and photographic are moving along well at the moment, I feel very motivated and enthusiastic about it all and – like you, no doubt – I love the creativity it all brings. Thank you again. Adrian 🙂

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  3. Wonderful, Adrian – blissful images!!
    …and happy blog day…more to come, I do hope…(…smiling at you…as always…)

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  4. Yeah, Zebras!! 😃 🦓🦓

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  5. Meanderer says:

    Happy 8th Anniversary, my friend; we started our blogs around the same time – can’t believe it’s 8 years!

    Lovely to see these images once again from your special time in Africa. It’s quite strange to see the one with the woman leading the camels right now on screen – I unpacked the copy of the one you emailed me a good few years back (which I framed) just a couple of weeks ago after we brought some boxes here from storage.

    Keep on keeping on with the great work 🙂

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Golly, you framed it – well I’m flattered!!! And, yes, doesn’t time fly.

      The great work? Sometimes I think I’m losing inspiration, but today’s early morning has produced some reasonable stuff, so onwards and sideways!!! 😀

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  6. I like them 12 times plus 1,000! I haven’t been around as a FATman fan for the whole eight years but I’ve been around for a lot of it and I’m so happy for that, my dear friend. Congratulations on 12 and 30 and eight years well spent. (That doesn’t add up to you age but I won’t go there). 😂 Keep the fabulous pix coming. I’m going to look at this again later in more depth and savor every photo and word.
    Love you bud.
    Gemma
    XXXATPXXX😉

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  7. paula graham says:

    Oh my , Photos so lovely , for me the Zebra Pic …to die for!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you very much, my friend, those Kenyan days were very good ones – and the Olympus OM-1 was just such a beautiful and wonderful camera. OMG, just back from an even earlier than usual trip to the Levels (up at 4am), feeling a touch shattered and punch drunk! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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      • paula graham says:

        Marathon work on your part..suppose always better than lying in bed fretting about not sleeping.

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Well, you know me, I’m 101% into the view that everyone is different – such that what works for one person might well not work for another. But if you are awake in the (earlyish) morning, why not go photographing and then see how you fare in terms of tiredness/sleep later on? Just an idea.

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  8. Great post and congratz with your 8th anniversary. I’ll drink a ‘De Grieze vletje 12’ quadrupel on you tonight. 🙂 (I wonder when they’re gonna start with a pentatriple…) Cheers Amigo!

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  9. Stella says:

    There are some fabulous images there Adrian! Thanks for those! And happy birthday to your blog.

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