In the Kawangware slum, Nairobi

Kawangware Revisited II (Pic du Jour)

From the archives, a nominee for best smiles of 2007

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Hassan Tower, Rabat, Morocco

Hassan Tower, Rabat (Pic du Jour)

At the Mausoleum of King Mohammed V in Rabat, Morocco

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Kawangware Revisited

I was looking for a photo for today’s #SunsetSunday on twitter and remembered this scene at an informal trash dump in the Kawangware slum, or Estate, in Nairobi. Kawangware was then the second largest urban slum in the Kenyan capital which by default makes it one of the largest in …

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Collection of Vintage Luggage Labels

Sudan – Wadi Halfa – Nile Hotel, a photo by Luggage Labels by b-effe on Flickr. This is a luggage label for the Nile Hotel in Wadi Halfa, the Sudanese border town at the only overland crossing with Egypt. It’s part of a massive collection of similar vintage labels on …

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Rabat notebook

What I’ll mostly remember about my first visit to Morocco will be the reception: two stops by policemen one afternoon, and a pair of roadside random checks on another. Let me be clear: I’m not in any way suggesting that this north African Kingdom, the USA’s closest ally in the …

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Wildebeest migration time lapse

My own largely-failed –so far!– time lapse experiments are inspired by this sort of work, a unique combination of telephoto video clips and wide-angle time-lapse sequences by Will & Matt Burrard-Lucas of the annual wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara and Serengeti. There’s more about this 1.5 million animal migration …

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Kenge Kenge’s Obama For Change

Via World Music Network comes this song by Kenyan band Kenge Kenge, their humble tribute to Kenya’s current favorite son of the diaspora. Song in both Luo and English, the music features the oruto, a single-stringed fiddle. Whether the lyrics do anything for you or not, it is undeniably mesmerizingly …

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One last look at March.

March began with several days in the chill of Birmingham, and ended in balmy Kenya, my first visit to Africa. This shot in Mombasa is from my personal top-10 pics shot in March. Previous personal pic picks – [February]  [January] Mombasa old town 08, originally uploaded by pirano.

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Gadling Photo of the Day!

This pic I took of a humble butcher shop in Voi, Kenya, last week was selected as Gadling’s photo of the day yesterday, almost exactly two months to the day since this pic of Slovenia’s Lake Bohinj was picked. Excellent, thanks! Am already looking forward to June! Voi was the first …

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Kawangware.

On Sunday I visited Kawangware, one of the biggest slums in Nairobi. By most estimates, about half a million people live in this densely populated area of a few square miles, but no one seems to have an exact figure, and officials don’t really seem to care enough to even …

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