Zambia Archive

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The charcoal carrier

It’s springtime in Zambia and the weather’s getting hotter. So when I can, I get up early to enjoy the cool mornings. As a bonus, the light is perfect for photography until about 8 o’clock. Last week I went out looking for charcoal carriers to photograph. For me, the sight of a

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The Goose and the Maid

In Zambia, road junctions are multi-purpose. Of course roads meet at them – but so do people. And where people meet, why not advertise and display your goods for sale? I took this picture on the Leopards Hill Road in Lusaka. Nearby, there’s Crossroads shopping mall, which could be anywhere between Cape

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Zambian fast food

Are you hungry and short of time? In Zambia, the traditional fast food is sweetcorn cooked on an open brazier. For two or three kwacha each (about 25 US cents), you can enjoy freshly roasted corn on the cob. Traders sit by the roadside with their charcoal brazier and a stock of

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Lusaka wildlife

There’s not much wildlife in Lusaka. With a population of more than two million, the Zambian capital is crowded and built up. The mini bus drivers can be wild, but that’s a story for another day. Walking round the city, I’d seen this metal sculpture before, but hadn’t taken much notice. The

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The Copper Bullet

Take the Great North Road from Lusaka and as you approach Ten Miles you’ll find this sculpture in a maize field. Zambians love their maize and their football. Nshima, made from maize flour, is the staple food in Zambia – and football is the national game here. The Zambian national team are

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Zambian Group Portrait

Let me introduce these gentlemen. They belong to PF, the Patriotic Front party in Zambia. I met them last May on Labour Day. With the rainy season over, it was time to get out of doors and take some pictures. The day starts with a parade, which sweeps down Independence Avenue, passing

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What makes a good travel photo? Part 2

In October I asked you what makes a good travel photo. And whilst it was great to receive feedback, it wasn’t what I wanted to hear. Why? Because the overwhelming response was that people like colour in a travel photo and most of my pictures are black and white. For me, a

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What makes a good travel photo?

Ask ten people what makes a good travel photo and you’ll probably get ten different answers. Most people would agree that a sense of place is important, but after that it gets harder to reach agreement. How do you achieve a sense of place? As a beginner, I’m still groping around for

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On safari in Leeds

“Urban Safari” is one of my ongoing projects, with most of the pictures being taken in Lusaka, the Zambian capital. So where does the Yorkshire city of Leeds fit in? Well, two photos from the series are on display there until 26th October 2016. If you’d like details of the group exhibition,

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Rapid response

In May 2016 I wrote about Labour Day in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. If you missed the posts and would like to catch up, follow the links to Labour Day : Part 1 and Part 2. I’m now fully at home in Zambia, but the police uniforms still fascinate me –