As we take off from Heathrow, bound for Kenya, the incredible Olympus OM-2 calculates the exposure for the image in real time during the shot, and captures the lights of the airport, blurred by the aircraft’s speed, as we climb up into the night sky; September 1979.

I remember the anticipation of returning to Kenya after periods on leave in the UK.  There were photos like the one above, and I always sat on the left of the aircraft to photograph the sunrise.  And then, having been in the UK for a couple of months – even during beautiful summers – there was once more the intense visual excitement of being back in Nairobi, over a mile above sea level and in that incredible, overhead, equatorial sunlight. The colours were blazing, and by contrast the UK seemed somewhere else, on a visually more drab world.

But one thing that the equator doesn’t have are England’s lovely long summer evenings – sunrises and sets are far faster affairs near the equator!  And the rainfall was convectional so that, often, the day would start fine and clear, and clouds could be seen building up all morning, as the harsh sunlight sucked the moisture back up out of the ground >>> only for the whole lot to come back down again as torrential rain during fierce thunderstorms in the afternoons.

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I’m re-posting photographs that I took in Kenya over 30 years ago.  You can find more context here .  Click onto the “Archive Kenya” tag (below) to see more of these film images from Kenya.


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.


  1. bluebrightly says:

    I love looking out airplane windows too, and blurry shots of lights. Your description of the weather differences is very well done. I’ve noticed the same thing in this hemisphere, comparing travels in the Caribbean and a trip to Costa Rica to the higher latitudes where I’ve always lived.


  2. Arati says:

    Fabulous movement and colors.


  3. krikitarts says:

    Love this! I know there is a tendency, or at least a temptation, to cull “failed” shots like this, but I’ve taken the advice of a couple of pros long ago to not discard any upon reviewing a new batch for the first time, and I’ve been happy that I saved some that most “normal” folks wouldn’t have.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Oh yes, ESPECIALLY when reviewing shots for the first time, I think its wise not to discard any. And I’ve found it useful, rather than trying to do anything with newly shot photos, to return to them with a clear mind a few days after they’ve been taken.

      Gary, I sent you an email from my other account – did you receive it alright? Adrian 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Hannah Keene says:

    Love this, Adrian!


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