Photographer's Note

This repost is due to some helpful suggestions in the comments on the original pic that more landscape, sky and shadows should be included. I tried it out and found the critics to be right. Yet a testimony to the helpfulness of TE'ers. Thanks guys!


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I categorized the pic as 'Transportation' because it tells a story of a subtle cultural difference. That concerning 'style of walking'.

The Masai are famous for their ability to cover great distances on foot. So, me an my depicted friend - who are both avid hikers - were excited to go on a trip with a couple of young Masai guys as guides.

The whole thing was rather improvised. We were on a Safari in Masai Mara and met the guys at the camp. Since we wanted to get out an walk in that great landscape we agreed to hire them as guides for a few days. Eventually we walked all the way from Masai Mara over the mountains ending up descending into the Great Rift Valley. Quite a distance.

The picture shows a great contrast insofar as the Masai wears nothing but his cape and spear. In contrast, the 'Musanga' (Swahili-slang for 'white guy') is heavily equipped. Apart from tent, stove, clothes etc, I carried about 20 pound of water as we set out. Something which of course made me sweat and hence drink much more than our guides who refused a sip during the day.

Despite these differences, the trip went well. The first day we were clearly being 'tested'. But after we'd walked about 25 miles/40km in the heat, it was finally admitted that 'you guys know how to walk'. Big words from a Masai!

As for the pic. I like it perhaps mainly because of the memories it makes vivid. But I think that the perpective, the movement and the off-balance compo makes it worth a post.

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