House on a farm near Akala, in the far west of Kenya; April 1979.

These are Luo people who live in the immensely fertile far west of Kenya, not far from Lake Victoria – a vast body of water that supplies them with vast quantities of fish, and with frequent thunder storms which keep their land totally green.

The structure consists of mud walls, above which a conical thatched roof is mounted on a great mass of wooden poles. There is quite a gap between the roof and the walls but, in this hot, equatorial area, cold weather is not an issue. This hut has at least two rooms: the doorway to a second room is to the left of the people. The mud walls have decorations drawn straight onto them, and there is an oil lamp hanging up. Notice how everything, including the chest of drawers and some of the pictures hanging on the walls, has cloth covers.

Food and water are not an issue for these people, they live in a wonderfully fecund landscape. But there are diseases – it was here that malaria first got its claws into me, despite my using nets and prophylactics.

Click onto the image to see a slightly enlarged version.

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


    • We are all privileged to see this – I was then, and everyone else is now; this is real, no trace of tourism here – and thinking whether this might still be the same scene today, my guess is that it might be little changed >>> tho I suppose everyone will have a mobile phone!

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    • Yes, absolutely, Gary – nothing like a spell in the Third World to put our lifestyles and many other things into startling perspective! And the crushing problem in Kenya of course is overpopulation, together with the fact that only a fraction of the country is capable of supporting rain-fed agriculture. A very sad scenario.


    • Thanks, Harrie >>> all the best for you too!!! Must be getting old, bought too few Duvels in Tesco in Thursday, so had to go out today to get more!!! Also, we are in the clutches of Storm Dennis, with 2 days of storms and very wet weather forecast. 🙂


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