One of two Maasai women that we met as they walked together across the open grasslands of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya, amidst the large mammals – elephant, lion, hyaena, buffalo, hippopotamus, leopard, aardvark, cheetah, gazelle, baboon, giraffe, black rhinoceros and so on – that are an integral and accepted part of their everyday lives; April 1979.

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Technique: probably my (now battered and mouldy) Olympus OM-1 camera (oh what a wonderful camera!!!), shooting Agfa CT18 colour slide film rated at 64 ISO; 50mm Zuiko lens; converted to mono in Silver Efex Pro.

UPDATE:  well, 41 years on.  What are my feelings about this encounter?  I can only say that its an education to meet someone like this; I gained so much Life Knowledge in Kenya.  After all, she and I were both human beings, and yet so totally different in culture, way of life, you name it.  And let there be no thought of superiority or inferiority here, I regard such words as totally meaningless in this context – the two of us were simply extremely different.  And, she was entirely at home in the wild landscape in which we met; whereas on foot as she was, and left to my own devices, even if I could survive in the 12 hours of the equatorial day, I probably wouldn’t have lasted through the ensuing 12 hours of darkness.





    • Thank you, Emily. Yes it was an adventurous job, and in some respects dangerous too, though (unlike now!!!) I was too young to think much – if at all – about such things. Also, the tourists that I took on safaris were all naturalists of one sort or another, mainly from naturalist societies, university alumni groups, etc, who were very keen to learn / hear more about what they were witnessing – which made for very rewarding work. And although it was mainly quite hard work, being in Kenya made it distinctly easier in that there were always interesting things to look at and talk about. 🙂


      • I bet it was dangerous… though it’s interesting how we are less aware of fear and danger when we’re young. I know I’ve done things when young that I probably would have 2nd thoughts about doing today. 🙂


        • Its recently been found that we don’t get fully adult brains/minds until we’re 32, ie adolescence end not in our 20s but around age 32, so maybe its when we’re fully adult that we start to see the risks we’ve taken / we’re taking. LOL!!! >>> now, at 70, I have 2nd, 3rd and 4th thoughts about many things I’ve done!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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