ARCHIVE KENYA 48 – THE SHORE AT LAKE NAKURU (MONO)

 

 


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Dead trees on the shore of Lake Nakuru, in central Kenya; 27 Apr 1980.  These trees grew beside the lake, but then were killed when the lake’s highly alkaline waters rose and flooded their roots.

Despite the fact that its over 40 years ago now, I can still remember taking this shot, which was originally in colour.  I remember placing the nearest tree on the right of the frame, and liking it because it was partially sunlit, and because it was leaning into the frame.

Looking at it now, my eye is taken from this leaning tree, out across the bright sky reflections in the shallow pools of water, to the tree with a dense canopy, which looks rather like an upside down ice cream cone.  This tree is also leaning into the frame, while being silhouetted against the bright sky, and just about at a compositional strong point in the picture, on the junction of the upper third and the left hand third.

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

Technique: OM-1 with 28mm Zuiko lens; Agfa CT18 colour slide film, rated at 64 ISO; converted to monochrome in Silver Efex Pro.

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.

12 Responses to ARCHIVE KENYA 48 – THE SHORE AT LAKE NAKURU (MONO)

  1. bluebrightly says:

    This is a real beauty, Adrian – so mysterious. It’s really nice that you remember making the photograph.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, all those years ago, and I do still remember it – and looking at the photo brings the place even more clearly to mind. Very glad you enjoy this, Lynn. 🙂

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  2. Haunting indeed. Downright spooky. But beautiful nonetheless.

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  3. Desolation.. Excellent B&W, Adrian!

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  4. Sonali Dalal says:

    Dramatic and cinematic!

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  5. Ah ye!–that late-day sunlight really gives this a quite haunting feel…..

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