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.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer - using mono, colour and combinations of the two - many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous, trying new ideas, working in multiple genres. And I've a weakness for Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

15 Responses to ARCHIVE 434 – HOUSE ON A FARM

  1. Sonali Dalal says:

    Fantastic! So reminds me of Indian village hut and the family. Ofcourse with different kind of dresses.


  2. Meanderer says:

    What a wonderful glimpse inside this home. I love the way the flowers on the walls are echoed in some of the fabrics.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      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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  3. bluebrightly says:

    Fascinating, Adrian, thank you.


  4. Stunning capture.
    ❤️ XXXATPXXX ❤️


  5. Good description of their home. I like the portrait you made of them.


  6. krikitarts says:

    And a family of six in this small space. Truly another world that few of us get to glimpse.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      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.


  7. Nice family portrait! Cheers for the weekend!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      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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