the tiny island of kiwayu, situated off the coast of kenya, in the lamu archipelago.
8 hours northeast of lamu by sail, and situated within the kiunga marine national reserve, kiwayu is a mere wisp of an island — just 12 miles long and half a mile wide. i spent a few days camping, snorkeling, and fishing with friends along the deserted white sand beaches and fell in love with this idyllic island. the main village is very small, with no electricity, one school, and one well for fresh water. everyone i met was wonderful, especially the children who were anxious to have their photographs taken with their siblings + friends. my favorite was one woman who acted camera shy until i showed her the image i had taken on the back of the camera’s LCD screen — she was thrilled! she blushed and smiled in approval, which encouraged her daughter to take a turn in front of the lens. i love being able to show people how beautiful they are, and i was thrilled to hear they loved the prints i sent back to the island when i returned to the states :)
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lamu island, kenya – 2010:
part I :: lamu :: shela village.
part II :: lamu :: maulidi.
part III :: lamu :: dhow races.
part IV :: lamu :: shela primary school.
part V :: kiwayu :: island life.
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