Maasai Walker by Ryszard Wierzbicki

The true spelling of this honorable tribe is Maasai (not Masai), which translates to “people speaking maa.” The British immigrants spelled Masai incorrectly, and it is still in use today. Maasai people have always been unique. They stand out aesthetically due to their vivid crimson robes. Despite the threat, they remain cool under pressure and brave with a spear in hand. Karen Blixen, a well-known author and ardent supporter of Africa, said it best when she said: “A Maasai warrior is a lovely sight. Those young men exhibit the highest degree of the type of intellect we refer to as stylish; although appearing to be daring and wildly imaginative, they are yet unwaveringly committed to their own natures and to an immanent ideal. Their fashion is not presumptive.

NIKON D5000 | Focal Length 116mm | Exposure f/5.6 @ 1/1500sec | ISO 400

Maasai Walker by Ryszard Wierzbicki

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Born in 1963, Ryszard Wierzbicki is a graduate of University of Gdańsk in Poland, and completed his master degree of Social Sciences in Children Care Education in 1992. He worked in an orphanage and four other companies, where he served the positions of Educator, Marketing Specialist, and Sales & Marketing Manager in various branches including child care, dentistry, orthodontics, and IT. Apart from his regular jobs he continued developing his Scuba Diving qualification resulted as an instructor level in PADI. After emigrating to UK in 2006, he began his real travel and photography experience. He loves to explore South-East Asia, where he volunteers occasionally with Stu and the Kids charity organization of Thai and Burmese Orphans ( He established two forums for active travelers and photographers named Instant Travelling ( and World Around ( in 2010. Changed to an ironed suit and laptop for cargo trousers, hoodie jacket, and knapsack, Ryszard have been managing freely the passion of photography, traveling, and scuba diving. He is now self-employed as marketing advisor and tour organizer, happily divorced, and has no kids.

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Swindon, United Kingdom




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