Nomadic tribeswoman leading tethered camels through the Dida Galgalla Desert in northern Kenya; June 1978.

Recent rains brought on a green flush of grass and other plants, which have now died and turned to straw as the desert returns to its usual hot, arid state.

Digital manipulation has turned the golden brown of this dead vegetation into pure white, as would be achieved by using infra-red monochrome film. The reduction of this landscape to mainly black (lava flows and boulders) and white (dessicated vegetation) tones has served to simplify the scene, and to show the woman and her animals virtually in silhouette.

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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.


  1. bluebrightly says:

    You sure this isn’t Bristol on a slow morning? No. Seriously, it’s a wonderful photo, very dreamy for me – I can enter into it.

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  2. Meanderer says:

    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


  3. I’m enjoying these ‘oldies’ of yours! πŸ™‚


  4. That’s a great photograph. I like the simplicity. I wonder if she is still going back and forth in the desert with her camels.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, Marcus, glad it gets to you. Image simplicity is often something to aim for, I think: the artist starts with a blank canvas and must add to it; the photographer starts with a full viewfinder and often must subtract from it. As to the woman, who knows? I often ponder such thoughts too. Adrian


  5. krikitarts says:

    Just the thing to distract you northern folk from the trials of winter. For us down here, it’s quite dry enough already, thank you. I don’t think we’ve had a drop of rain in more than a month and there are 4 cm-wide crevasses in the dirt in our brown back yard.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Well, the trials of winter are here right now – we are being hit by a storm which the weather forecaster has just called a once or twice a decade event – clouds racing across the face of the moon, quite spectacular really. What the day will bring, who knows???


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