Young Maasai men, below the Nguruman Escarpment (the western wall of the rift valley), near Lake Magadi in southern Kenya; March 1979.

We had set up camp for a long weekend and these young men came to see us every day. Both are armed with the long spears used, amongst other things, to ward off or kill lions.

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

Technique: OM-1 with 50mm Zuiko lens; Agfa CT18 colour slide film, rated at 64 ISO; converted to mono with Silver Efex Pro.

UPDATE: as always, I regret not taking more photographs of Kenyan people during my years in that interesting and hospitable country; I treasure those pictures that I do have.  And I am not referring only to traditionally dressed people like these, but really to all people.  However, in those days I was a different photographic animal – primarily a birder (tho taking very few photos of birds), professionally a geologist – and photographing lots of landscapes amongst other things.


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.

15 Responses to ARCHIVE KENYA 61 – MAASAI (MONO)

  1. bluebrightly says:

    Fantastic – like the two women, the expressions are so good.

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  2. krikitarts says:

    I think ;many of us have gone through several more-or-less distinct phases in our lives, and though some may seem quite a bit less exotic than others, reviewing and, thereby, reliving them is an essential part of our life process. This is an exceptional portrait pair.


  3. Those faces! And gesture and stance. And background bokeh. Simply wonderful, Adrian.


  4. gsb03632 says:

    Fine expressions!


  5. I always enjoy seeing your Kenya photos. (I try to hold back the envy) 🤦🏼‍♀️


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Very glad you do. my friend, thank you! And should the envy lead to uncontrollable drooling, as can so often happen on this hedonistic play planet, please do try not to get any of it on my blog, which is, after all, so much a wholehearted, whole family, wholesale, wholemeal affair. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Oo! >>> and a strawberry with a little twinkle on it too … just for you! … 💖 ….. ohh! … mmm! ….

      Liked by 1 person

  6. You have always gotten the most amazing expressions. This is no exception.


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