Notes : Daniel Ridings

March 2, 2008

Street portraits from Zomba, Malawi

Filed under: Malawi,PAW 2008 — at 12:06 pm

I haven’t been working on my gallery, PAW or blog (at least, not noticeably working on them) for a couple of weeks because I have been away, in Zomba, Malawi. I am working in a bi-lateral research project between NTNU in Trondheim, Norway (The Norwegian Technical University) and Chancellor’s College, University of Malawi. In Malawi I am working with the Centre for Language Studies.

I took my Rolleicord V this time and took a couple of rolls. It was immediately recognized as a camera in Malawi, not just a curious little box. So people on the street would often like to have their portrait taken.

This young man was a filmmaker. He was working on his film, “Give me back my property” and is evidently inspired by Kung Fu films. He practised martial arts.

This next man is someone I would pass by every morning as I walked to the office.

I met these girls as I was walking down to the market on a Saturday afternoon:

Individual 1

Individual 2

Individual 3

There are more pictures taken with the Rolleicord in the gallery: here, here and here.


  1. Daniel,
    Wonderful photos, subjects suit B&W really well. Looks like an interesting place to visit and photograph. What are the changes since your last visit? Thanks for the inspiration!


    Comment by Peter Towers — March 2, 2008 @ 9:52 pm

  2. Great portraits. I like the postures and expressions. I gather posing for photographs is important in Malawi.

    Comment by Andrew — March 3, 2008 @ 3:43 am

  3. Hi Bwana

    We understand you took some pictures from a nice club in Zomba Matawale called Club G-String.Would you kindly please share the pics or advise how we can access them.I’m a Zomba resident who used to patronise Basiyao Nite Club in Zomba.I’m now based in Blantyre and mostly patronises Mustang Salle Club and Chez Ntemba.


    Comment by Cullisto — July 16, 2008 @ 4:52 pm

  4. Hi Zikomo!

    You might try here:


    Comment by daniel — July 16, 2008 @ 11:19 pm

  5. Absolutely beautiful photographs. More of these, please.

    Comment by fp — November 20, 2010 @ 2:50 pm

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