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.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window – recommended.


    • 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


  1. 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.


    • 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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