ARCHIVE KENYA 46 – DHOW OFF THE ISLAND OF LAMU (MONO)

 

 

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Dhow off the island of Lamu, on the Kenyan coast; July 1978.

In reality, the sky was a bright, featureless blue and the shore behind the boat was lined with the green foliage of mangroves.  The picture has now become very close to black and white, with the boat’s large lateen sail as the beautiful main subject.

I like the way in which the use of under exposure has brought out the sail’s pale tones.  The only remaining pale tones in the photo are those of (some of) the crew’s white clothes and hats, and the white line along the boat’s side.

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

Technique: OM-1 with 75-150 Zuiko lens at 150mm; Agfa CT18 colour slide film rated at 64 ISO; method for conversion to mono – forgotten!

THE ARCHIVE KENYA SERIES

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.

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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 of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

16 Responses to ARCHIVE KENYA 46 – DHOW OFF THE ISLAND OF LAMU (MONO)

  1. bluebrightly says:

    Wonderful composition and toning, Adrian – it makes for a powerful image.

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  2. Super cool image, Adrian! Love the darkness and composition.

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  3. Helen Cherry says:

    That sail is gorgeous

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  4. Mathias LK says:

    The crop/composition; really does something with the motif! Makes the sail live on its own. And the tonal range of course. Great picture, Adrian!

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  5. Sonali Dalal says:

    you have used Sail so beautifully to make an impact.

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  6. krikitarts says:

    I’ve done some sailing (and sailboarding), and that looks like it might be a very challenging sail to manage in gusty, variable winds!

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  7. The gradation on the sail is beautiful.

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