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Lianne Ashton

Lianne Ashton is an photographer based in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She is also the the author and photographer of the blog 'Africa far and wide; a visual journey into the Africa she knows;' featuring African travel, social documentary photography and writing.

How to saw a log

On a scorching hot day in Nchalo, 2 men arrived for work. They’d be sawing up an old log in my garden. They came with a small bag of tools and one long saw that wobbled with the hot wind.

Learn how the Malawians saw a log…

Malawi in colour

When I think of Malawi, the first word that springs to mind is ‘Colour!’ There is something special about this time of year, just before the rains. The orange and red Flamboyants are in full bloom, the pink bougainvilleas pop against blue skies, the women wrapped in bold printed fabric, the red bricks exposed as green and blue paint peels with age and the dusty sunsets that paint the afternoon skies in yellow light. As if Picasso has come to Malawi with a full palette of paint!

Beautiful Namibia

I took 600 pictures a day! Over every hill, around every corner, boulder, canyon and path – there was something different, something strange and something baron but beautiful. Driving the dusty roads of Namibia was like reading a thriller. There is no telling what you might see next. […]