Fisherman, with the last of his catch for sale, on Lamu Island, Kenya; July 1978.

I wondered about using black and white here, but the colours of the man’s clothes really jump out of this image’s otherwise quite muted palette.  Not that a muted palette is necessarily a bad thing – I’ve often thought that some of the more successful colour images are those with the least colour – but here I like the contrast between the shock and glow of those clothes and the rest of the shot.

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Technique: OM-1 with 28mm Zuiko lens; Agfa CT18 colour slide film, rated at 64 ISO.


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. Adrian Lewis says:

    Well, that’s true – but then he might have sold others before I photographed him.


  2. Helen Cherry says:

    This makes me feel sad… with just the 2 fish in front of him for sale..


  3. bluebrightly says:

    The expression and body language here are superbly captured, Adrian…the colors are beautiful too, and the placement of the fish – what a moment! (Are you taking a romp in the snow today?)


  4. Meanderer says:

    Yes – his shirt really does stand out! He looks very unsure of having his photo taken – a very defensive posture!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      We were on Lamu and had hired “two men and a boat” for a day to take us to less accessible areas – this was obviously a tourist thing the two fishermen had set up, and the man photographed here was most probably on their “daily beat”. Seems a long time ago, and of course before Somalia became Lamu’s very dangerous neighbour.

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