After the rain

washing_being_dried_outside_flatsThis year the rainy season was late in Zambia. But once it started, the rain came with a vengeance. Where we live in Lusaka, the area between the blocks of flats is for car parking. Drainage is poor and the ground has been compacted by the weight of cars. Not surprisingly, the area floods when it rains heavily.

Recently I was sitting with a neighbour outside her flat. As we discussed the unwelcome lake, the sun came out and bathed the car park in warm evening light. Excusing myself, I ran to get my camera. For two or three minutes we were treated to a glorious light show – just long enough to take a handful of pictures. Then the curtain dropped and the show was over.

The light and colours of Zambia have gradually weaned me off shooting exclusively in black and white. For many years I stubbornly refused to use colour and now I’m eating ‘humble pie’. What approach do you take to colour? I’m interested to hear.

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