Monday, November 28, 2011

On the Road…..Sidi Moktar, Morocco

It’s my first time in Morocco, first time in Africa. The experience is more than a little overwhelming.  Until I’m able to better explain the story behind these sights, sounds, tastes, and emotions– sharing only the images will have to suffice.  Don’t expect too many though, shooting people in Morocco is much more difficult than anywhere I’ve ever visited.  Tomorrow I’ll post images from the blue and white fishing village of Essaouira, hopefully followed by those from Quarzazate and Marrakech.


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  1. Giada

    November 28, 2011 at 9:03 am

    One of the best photo you’ve ever published!
    So inspiring, it tells more things than millions words.


  2. Bohemian Style

    November 28, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Excited to see the rest of the photos.
    Why was it more difficult to shoot people in Morocco?

  3. Nomadic D

    November 28, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Gorgeous shot! Looking forward to seeing more…

  4. Fashionthroughtravel

    November 28, 2011 at 9:11 am

    The man has such a beautiful expression, every wrinkle could tell a story! I love the colors and the hat!

  5. Apinut Piriyakunwong

    November 28, 2011 at 9:18 am

    nice color!!!

  6. jas

    November 28, 2011 at 9:20 am

  7. Lauren

    November 28, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Fantastic! I’m going to Morocco next spring. Really looking forward to seeing your trip photos.

    The Styleseer

  8. The life after

    November 28, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Morocco must be amazing. I’d really like to go there. Unfortunately the situation in the whole magherb is getting difficult and very extreminst religious parties are taking the power (Morocco as well).

    The Life After


    November 28, 2011 at 9:24 am

    I took a lot of pic years ago in Marrakech and the colours are stunning.

  10. J Umm

    November 28, 2011 at 9:35 am

    each wrinkle on his face tells a story


  11. Pinup Fashion

    November 28, 2011 at 9:36 am


  12. geok

    November 28, 2011 at 9:39 am

    sounds like a great story. am looking forward!

  13. The Tailored Two

    November 28, 2011 at 9:40 am

    He looks like the epitome of “wisdom of age”. Great image, can not wait to see whatever images you are able to get.

  14. valeria

    November 28, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Amazing shot…xoxo from Rome

  15. Ophelia

    November 28, 2011 at 9:45 am

    I would love to visit Morocco!

  16. Hillary

    November 28, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Gorgeous photo! I’m jealous. I want to go to Morocco so bad!

  17. Izabela

    November 28, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I can totally relate to this post. Just flew from Morocco yesterday. Overwhelming, and not at all what was expected. Visit the photography museum in Marrakesh if you have a chance. Essaouira was magical and my favorite.

  18. FashionistaW @

    November 28, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Morroco is such an amazing country for sights, sounds and colours! Hope you get lots of pictures on the road, there is nowhere else like it. I love just walking around the Medina and the winding alleys in Marrakech. It’s like Arabian nights came to life!

  19. Brandie

    November 28, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Wooohooo! Welcome to the best continent EVER!

  20. hinaka

    November 28, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Love your new frontier in Morocco. This is so human. Great photo.

  21. Jane

    November 28, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Morocco threw me… in a good way. Have fun and look forward to your images.

  22. Ana G

    November 28, 2011 at 10:04 am

    This picture is amazing. I can see the feeling in his eyes.

  23. emma

    November 28, 2011 at 10:04 am


  24. James G

    November 28, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I hope myself one day to go to Morocco. I hope you get more inspiring images there, even with its limitations.

  25. Marcel Da Chump

    November 28, 2011 at 10:09 am

    “Looking at the world through the sunset in your eyes
    Traveling the train through clear Moroccan skies…”

  26. Julide

    November 28, 2011 at 10:17 am


    Get some gemstones from Quartzazade!
    Mint tea, cactus fields, gemstones, beach, henna, snakes and monkeys!

    Lots to see!

  27. Jess

    November 28, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Amazing shot! Lighting is just perfect!!

  28. ETC...

    November 28, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Love the hat! Great lighting too!


  29. MissUniversoParalelo

    November 28, 2011 at 10:22 am

    África? que guay! me encantaría ir allí! påsalo genial!

  30. Kate vdZ

    November 28, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I love the photo! I spent some time in Morocco about a year ago and don’t have many photos of people (I know what you mean about taking photographs there!) and am looking forward to seeing your photos as well as your observations. Hope you have a great trip!

  31. chantelle

    November 28, 2011 at 10:29 am

    how do you take a shot of someone without them knowing or them feeling provoked?

  32. proletarian Great Gatsby

    November 28, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I love it and the best is the serenity you can show with this photo. CALM

  33. Sarah

    November 28, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Hi Scott!
    Amazing picture as usual!
    You did good going to Essaouira, I’m moroccan and it’s really my favourite city :)
    If you and Garance need some advice on where to go, please feel free to contact me.

  34. catarina

    November 28, 2011 at 10:34 am

    don’t you try taking pictures from women, you might get arrested!!!! but in Marrakech it will be easier because they have many tourists. you’re going to have a lot of fun taking pictures from the jemaa-el-fna market, the souk and its spices. don’t forget to go to les bains de marrakech, the best spa i’ve ever been to… enjoy! c.

  35. Piaget

    November 28, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Wonderful! I can’t wait to see what’s to come

  36. sam

    November 28, 2011 at 10:36 am

    take your time. having lived in morocco for over a year i can tell you that it is one of the most rewarding/welcoming/warm places you will ever visit- there is a hard shell to get though first. for a truly amazing sartorial experience head far south to sidi ifni–a taste can be had here:

  37. christine

    November 28, 2011 at 10:37 am

    africa has been forgotten for too long! come to cape town, promise you won’t be disappointed!

  38. (@Tokyofaces)

    November 28, 2011 at 10:46 am

    An absolutely gorgeous photo. Great face, great clothes, great light. Love it!

    Tokyo street style:

  39. yellowrose

    November 28, 2011 at 10:51 am

    sooo exciting that you are in Morrocco!

  40. Arba

    November 28, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Beautiful photo. Thanks!

  41. Viktoria

    November 28, 2011 at 10:51 am

    I must say it, too: what a beautiful man, what a beautiful photo.

  42. Courtney

    November 28, 2011 at 10:57 am

    lovely. can’t wait to see the blue and white fishing village photos. must be pure amazing.

  43. Tova

    November 28, 2011 at 11:00 am

    The blue and white fishing villages should be amazing. I have always regretted not visiting Morocco when I lived in Sevilla!

  44. Sandra

    November 28, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Welcome to my home country! You’ll find that when given a little bit of time people will warm up and will open up to your pictures, especially if you show them other pictures you’ve taken!

    If you have time, for some seriously amazing pics drive up into the mountains away from Marrakech, that’s where you’ll find the most genuine Moroccan spirit. The place is called Vallee de l’Ourika and it is a world away from superficial Marrakech!

  45. Mia

    November 28, 2011 at 11:14 am

    What a beautiful and compelling picture. Morocco is a wondrous place and this picture sums it up so well for me.
    This sense of peace, wisdom, embodied by this old man mixed with the profusion of colors and the jumble of a bazaar behind him..just what I remember of Morocco and Marrakesh in particular…So looking forward to see pics of this trip !

  46. Stills

    November 28, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Amazing photo!

  47. Eve

    November 28, 2011 at 11:18 am

    People will pose for you if you have something to give in return. More than fair, no?

  48. h

    November 28, 2011 at 11:22 am

    yes, photographing people there is difficult. please post photos of architecture and nature, please. thanks!

  49. ASMAA

    November 28, 2011 at 11:24 am

    pliiiiiiz when you will be in Marrakech , in place Jamaa alfna, take sometime to visit samarin, and you may have the chance to meet some amazing faces, specially the old men and women, their faces are so human…and the call of the prayer and the smell…and everyone is on a bike “because u like to photograph people on bike”…..believe me its unique… try to go before sun set to catch all the ray of lights that enter through the straw roof of this place

  50. MarĂ­a

    November 28, 2011 at 11:29 am

    …elegance is an attitude!

  51. Lavi

    November 28, 2011 at 11:30 am

    That is a piece of art , very touching shot, incredible pure emotion.

  52. Laura

    November 28, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Amazing photo!! its worthy beinn included in a Taschen book!

  53. Brahim

    November 28, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Hey, i’m living in Casablanca and i’m a fan of your work. if you are planning to go to Casablanca it will be a pleasure to show you some places and one of the best Caftans (moroccan Robes du soir) tailor’s in the country.
    Just love the photo!!! it seems like Marrakesh.

  54. Ayshe Rose

    November 28, 2011 at 11:49 am

  55. imane

    November 28, 2011 at 11:58 am

    hi i m from marrakesh,i ‘m expecting the other pictures

  56. Antique Engagement Rings

    November 28, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    My biggest regret is having not gone abroad more. There is so much to see in the world and so many fabulous cultures. It truly is an amazing experience!

  57. Marisa Alma

    November 28, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Wow! The colors, the lighting…spectacular! I really like how the shape of his straw hat is the inverse of the shape of his chin and beard. Another cool photo….no comments necessary, your work stands on its own.

  58. Karacter

    November 28, 2011 at 12:05 pm


    xo Kara

  59. sarah

    November 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    the lighting in this picture is so perfect. hope the trip is going well.

  60. tofrelouir

    November 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Imagine .. When I was young I used to go to the wheat fields on farms far this summer, either winter as you know, the cold severe I came to the mountains where she lives my family after he has gathered me the amount of La Paz that we may provide what we need in the nights of cruel and after that my children grew and moved every one of them to the place and my wife died .. I find it difficult to go to bed without I come and sit for an hour at least .. me watching Elena S.

  61. Sander

    November 28, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Funny, was in Marrakech last weekend and thought that you should do some shooting there. There are definitely inspiring people over there but indeed way harder to shoot. Enjoy your stay in Morocco, take some great pics and go eat and party at Jad Mahal in Marrakech ;)

  62. Bridgette

    November 28, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    This photo tells a story without needing any words. I’d love to go Morocco. Hope you enjoy your time there.

  63. Lauren (BestTrendz)

    November 28, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    That is an amazing picture- so soulful.

    I’ve always wanted to go to Morocco, and wow, if I could get at least a few shots like these, I’d be very happy.


  64. kenza!

    November 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Finally in the best place of the world!!!!

  65. Simone

    November 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    E’ una foto veramente bella, complimenti!

  66. Emily

    November 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    You have to go to Musée du Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech! Its colors are unforgettable! It was a house and exotic garden of Yves Saint Laurent. Amazing.

  67. Style Croissant

    November 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Great picture, it’s different from the usual and that’s great :)
    Can’t wait to see more !

  68. Habiba. J

    November 28, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I love this photo, it’s so interesting in its own way. Its hard to get photos of people that don’t know you in countries such as, Morocco. The culture is so beautiful and the food is amazing, I hope you start loving the country in your own time. I would love it if you checked out my blog, I have interesting fashion posts you might love to read.

  69. Gizelle

    November 28, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I’ve never posted here before. But this is one of the best shots I’ve seen on your site. It’s very real.

  70. Sally

    November 28, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    This photo has a few great geometric motifs, from the bottom left threads to the lines of the poncho to the zig-zags of the straw hat. Love the lighting here.

  71. Juanita

    November 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    OMG! You will ADORE Essaouira – I lived there for a year in the 1990′s. We lived in a tumble down Riad in the Rue du Tangiers in the style of Paul Bowles/the Sheltering Sky! Please visit Diabet ( and Sidi Kookai beach – both of which are about 3 – 5 kilometres south. You will LOVE them both – they are wild and magical. Have an utterly wonderful trip in a truly enchanted place.

  72. Sofia

    November 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I love the pictures of your blog!

  73. Pimkie

    November 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm


  74. LocalCeleb

    November 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    This is great picture!
    I love it!

  75. Hayley Meredith

    November 28, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    I have just returned from Meknes in Morocco, this image is giving me post vacation blues. We had a bit of trouble shooting people also, but some of the friendliest people I have ever met. My three year old daughter was forever being stopped for a kiss by strangers…much to her annoyance. Enjoy your trip :)

  76. Kate

    November 28, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Can’t wait to see the rest of this series!


  77. Marimorena

    November 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    This is style! Really nice shot!
    Have a great time in Morocco!
    Waiting to see the pictures!

  78. Charlotte Wilder

    November 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    what a beautiful photograph. good luck with the shoot.

  79. Margherita

    November 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm


  80. Mertxe Hernandez

    November 28, 2011 at 1:51 pm

  81. Marucha

    November 28, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Loved this other way of looking to people. Real people and itÂŽs true beauty.

  82. silvi

    November 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    What an evocative image. Van Gogh would have painted this man’s portrait.

  83. Evan

    November 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Classic…Amazing….Great Face…Wisdom..
    (Life Blog)

  84. That's Not My Age

    November 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Excellent photo. I’ve been to Marrakech and it’s pretty frantic, but beautiful and amazing too. I’d love to go back & travel around. Go to the Atlas Mountains, Fez & Essaouira. Have a wonderful time

  85. Solmari

    November 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Oh memories! if you can, try to make it to Fez. Out of the tourist guide tracks. A medieval 1200 labyrinth-like town that blew my heart away.

  86. Maghreb United

    November 28, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    What awesome shot…makes me proud as a Morrocan to see this. Also its great to see you that you leave the easy streets of Paris, London and NYC. To spot the right shots in Africa might be more challenging but certainly more worthwhile for us! Thanks a mil.

  87. isaobeso

    November 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    I think this might be my favorite photo of your blog… The lighing was just perfect for the caption of the expression of the man… gorgeous

    visit my blog PEOPLE WEAR FASHION

  88. Natasha

    November 28, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Beautiful photo, especially the lighting, colours and texture. Style and culture are so intrinsic, your photos from Morocco are clearly going to be amazing!

  89. fotograf lublin

    November 28, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    nice photo :)

  90. Jonathan Hultgren

    November 28, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    This pic is fantastic, I hope u will manage to catch some more shots tho!

  91. el viajero impresionista

    November 28, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    A genuine old man. Life is in his face. Nice and traditional outfit and great, great picture.

  92. Sarah

    November 28, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    TheLifeAfter; that ain’t completely true. The situation in Morocco is very stabile and in fact, Morocco is one of the Arabic and Islamic country which is very hostile for non-Arabic and non-Muslim tourists. ;-)

    I love the picture by the way.. can’t wait to see more from Morocco.

  93. dahlia grey

    November 28, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    its a real shame, that the pictures would be sparse, i imagine Morocco to be absolutely beautiful and fairy -tale- like

  94. Douu

    November 28, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Welcome to my beautiful and beloved country. I hope you’ll have a fabulous time here with Garance!

  95. soukaina (it-blogirls)

    November 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    yes , it is very very difficult to shoot people here . great photo . btw it’s a pleasure to see you in my country . have a good trip

  96. anastasia

    November 28, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    amazing photo – beautiful face full of life. Cant wait to see more…

  97. Serdane

    November 28, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Beautiful picture, love this way of light !!

  98. princessglee

    November 28, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Morocco. Pleasant surprise. Looking forward to coming pix.

  99. Lissa

    November 28, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Loving the hat! Can’t wait to see the other pictures :)

  100. Sandy

    November 28, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    1. How wonderful to be at a location that challenges the cultural facility and normativeness of taking a random stranger’s photograph.

    2. How wonderful to be challenged as an American and as an artist in that way.

    3. How wonderful to know that people resist what many Americans consider “normal,” “harmless,” “fun,” and blog-worthy.

    Power to the Moroccans!

  101. hanna

    November 28, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    I’ve always wondered if you know about les sapeurs du Congo? they are very interesting people indeed and it would be the coolest thing ever if you could go to the DRC and Congo-Brazzaville!

  102. Nicole

    November 28, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I am so excited for you to be in Morocco. I have been there twice and indeed the sites and sounds can be a bit overwhelming. My favorite out of the few cities I have traveled to in Morocco is Essaouira. I think you will love it there, I certainly did.

    I look forward to see your photos.


  103. Reptilia

    November 28, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    AMAZING! i really want to go to Morocco. I was in Kenia and it was one of the best experiencies in my life!


  104. SelmaB

    November 28, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Hey Scott it’s amazing!
    Come to Rabat, you and Garance! I would love to meet you!!!

  105. miki

    November 28, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    beautiful, what youth deemed crystal, age finds out was dew

  106. CBC

    November 28, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Moraco is a treat to all the sences…..I was north of Tangiers…….I met the cord de ballet from the paris opera……best time

  107. Marlena in Toronto

    November 28, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Very beautiful Scott.

    I was in Morocco just over 40 years ago when it was de rigeur for the student/psuedo hippie European adventure. I have a feeling it is pretty much the same now.

    The images have remained with me all these years.

    I know you will be forever changed, like me, by what you see there. Both the beautiful and the painful.

  108. marilena

    November 28, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    love morocco!you have to eat cus cus!

  109. Irene

    November 28, 2011 at 6:43 pm

  110. Abena

    November 28, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Go south of the sahara, young man. Try Ghana or Senegal and you can photograph to your heart’s content.

  111. canvasofculture

    November 28, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    what a beautiful shot… love these types of photos! really makes me feel like I’m traveling too:)

  112. Le Sapphire Blue

    November 28, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Scott I am so happy you are in Africa. Growing up there I can only smile when I see these beautiful pictures that tell a complex yet simple story of dreamers.

    Choukran Jadidan!

  113. Blog Desde el TrĂłpico

    November 28, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    What a beautiful image!


  114. Blog ABRIL Moda

    November 28, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Loved it!

  115. Sarah

    November 28, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    I am soooooooooooooooooooooo happy to see a refreshing set of pictures that are not so overwhelmingly “western” and based in countries that have more privileges than others. I can relate to these. Have a great time!

  116. sanmiguelense

    November 28, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Very nice visual palette cleansing experience!
    Also noted: Garance has the female urban goddess version of this guy up on her site!

  117. Karyn Mattos

    November 28, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Morocco is the most “magical” place i have ever been… its something you only know once you are there… the smells, the people, the colors, the clothes, the bangles… but specially and even if you dont understand anything) the pray when the sun goes down… even if you dont believe you know there is a God. ENJOY YOUR TRIP!!!!! Thank you for making me remind of it, specially connected with fashion… sometimes people in our field forget that it is all about people, cultures, feellings…
    If I was your fan before, now iÂŽm much more… Cant wait to see more photos… =)

  118. Amina

    November 28, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    I regularly check your blog and Im really happy that for once you published pictures from my country :):)
    And btw Morocco is very touristic and not dangerous, so please people forget your prejudices about it and come check by yourself!:)

  119. Minty

    November 28, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Love the emotive quality of this shot.

    x Minty

  120. The Foolish Aesthete

    November 28, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    This is such a wondrous portrait of Morocco. I was there for 3 weeks, going all around the country, and the colors, scents, sunlight, was breathtaking everywhere.

  121. Name*

    November 28, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Dreamy photos. You are really a master of your art. And remember, we would rather have you in one piece then any number of photos. So take care of yourself.

  122. *sP

    November 29, 2011 at 12:23 am

    FINALLY, AFRICA! Thank you!!

  123. Lapina

    November 29, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Wow you’re in Marocco. Been their last year too for 4 days in Marakech. I’m travelling a lot too =) check out my blog

  124. doozyfab

    November 29, 2011 at 1:44 am

    This is incredible!!!


  125. LUCIA

    November 29, 2011 at 2:25 am

  126. ilook

    November 29, 2011 at 2:36 am

    Bellissima photo

    you are just the best

    Thank you

  127. Isabel

    November 29, 2011 at 2:38 am

    Absolutely stunning photograph. The lighting, character, emotion, and colors of the photo are just wonderful. This has to be one of the best shots you’ve taken, and it is certainly one of my favorites. It reminds me of so many National Geographic portraits where a simple picture can have so much character and be so compelling. I actually stopped short when I saw it and just drank the scene in:)

  128. mimi

    November 29, 2011 at 3:11 am

    I love your photos Scott! You are an artist !
    Africa could have a magical atmosphere if you look it with the right eyes… and especially Morocco that is a very exotic place! I know that it is difficult shooting because they have many social rules we maybe don’t get immediately ….Kissessss Mimi

  129. Xyryl

    November 29, 2011 at 3:15 am

    Breathtaking and magnificent. Super high-end.

  130. pia

    November 29, 2011 at 3:30 am

    what a great shot…
    amazing !


  131. Helen Ranger

    November 29, 2011 at 4:21 am

    @The Life After: Sorry, but you’re wrong about ‘very extremist religious parties taking over’ in Maghrebi countries. Yes, the Islamist Party won the election in Morocco on Friday, but they are certainly not extremist and it’s good news that they won as they will help to keep the fundamentalist parties out of power. The same is true of Tunisia. Do not confuse Islam or Islamist with fundamentalism which is dangerous in any religion!
    Meanwhile, great photo and looking forward to seeing more.

  132. sandra

    November 29, 2011 at 4:38 am

    love this photo! it is one of the best I have seen!!

  133. Stan T.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:03 am

    “shooting people in Morocco is much more difficult than anywhere” – why is that?

  134. Hung

    November 29, 2011 at 5:37 am

    I love the emotion… Can almost feel the soft sunlight! Like the ends of that tattered carpet, too!

  135. DaNa

    November 29, 2011 at 5:37 am

    They have a very interesting culture. Certainly, you’ll shoot the best photos here. I am very curious what means fashion for them.

  136. Wimereux

    November 29, 2011 at 5:44 am

    Great to hear you’re a bit out of your comfort zone. That’s where learning and transformation takes place – look forward to seeing the results

  137. Charlie

    November 29, 2011 at 6:07 am

    the man looks so calm and pleased. really good karma.


  138. Astrid

    November 29, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Oh, when I first visited Morocco (which was also my first visit to Africa) “overwhelming” would indeed be the best word to describe the experience. Me and a friend were 19 and undertaking an extensive backpacking-adventure. We had taken a boat from Spain and arrived round midnight in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Tanger. Then we went on to Marrakesh, Fez, Essaouira.. but I have got to say the highlight of the trip was Chefchaouen, a city of clear blue houses built on the steeps of this impressive mountainous landscape. It was magic. It was also in Marrocco that I took my best ever picture so far.

  139. annabella

    November 29, 2011 at 6:55 am

    Wow Scott, I feel like ‘we’re’ cooking with gas now! heart melt.
    Reminds me of a stuner opening shot for a story in Nat Geo.

    From a western style/fashion perspective, my very first thought was, ‘jenna Lyons’ is gonna be all over this gentlemans’ lovely functional local style’, and we’ll see a westernized versions in
    the jc catalog soon.

    Thank you for this treasure.

  140. CBC

    November 29, 2011 at 7:21 am

    The country is so exotic……i saw a tourist trying to take a photo of a berber women carring wood on her back….she became annoyed and gestured to pay her…..imagine the berbers coming to NYC and clicking us..

  141. VVV, Urban Confidential

    November 29, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Congratulations on another great shot. Beautiful light and great colours – and his expression is so serene. I actually find it easier to photograph people in faraway countries, I often get much more natural and free shots than when I attempt portraits in Western countries. This photograph brought back memories of the serenity, confidence and wrinkles I tried to capture myself in Delhi a couple of years ago – I called it ‘Magnificent Faces’, hope you enjoy it:

  142. LatteLisa

    November 29, 2011 at 8:08 am

    I agree with what says in the first comment. Definitely one of your best shots.

  143. Cecile

    November 29, 2011 at 8:11 am

  144. Michelle Lee

    November 29, 2011 at 8:30 am

  145. Mandy

    November 29, 2011 at 8:41 am

    This is really a beautiful shot! It captures perfectly the Moroccan feeling. I’m impressed!!


  146. N. H.

    November 29, 2011 at 8:42 am

    This is AMAZING. Ah I wish I were in Morocco too.

    - N.H.

  147. Paul

    November 29, 2011 at 8:45 am

    This is a very ‘nostalgic’ shot, even though I’m not from that area. Looking forward to more.

  148. Lala

    November 29, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Come to cape town, please. That’s where I live, we have our own fashion week and everything.

  149. meilssa

    November 29, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Great Photo…..
    Truly wonderful in emotion and that golden hour of SUN………….


  150. Melaestla

    November 29, 2011 at 9:08 am

    This is a very moving post you write here Mr Sartorialist. I guess it wasn’t intended like this but i like how you step back to better appreciate.
    True photographer.
    Can’t wait for the debrief :-)

  151. Nadia

    November 29, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I decided to go to Morocco because I knew that I’d get very beautiful potraits of the people of Morocco. Turned out that they are a very shy and reluctant bunch.

    I was so disheartened when they kept refusing for a photograph. But things are better if you shoot using smaller cameras instead of a DSLR.

  152. brit

    November 29, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I had a similar experience in Marrakech. Such a beautiful culture and people but photographing them was a sensitive matter.

  153. Maryla

    November 29, 2011 at 9:27 am

    I just can’t wait to see your Essaouira pictures. Shooting ladies in Essaouira takes quite a challenge :). It’s an amazing place, we stayed there for 2 weeks this August, in the beautiful Riad Al Madina.

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  155. Yasmine

    November 29, 2011 at 11:44 am

    I am s0 happy to see a picture from North Africa! I have been following your blog religiously for years now (I am from Cairo/ Egypt), and have always wished to see pictures from the region! This really makes me happy!

  156. Pascal Vossen

    November 29, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Very good picture! I have been there very recently with my girlfriend and also found it very difficult to photograph people. They experience it offensive if you make a picture of them since it is against their believe to be photographed. Therefor it is best to ask them for permission first, although you will have to keep in mind that most of the people (especially the very religious (older) people) will say no or get annoyed by the fact that you intent to make a picture of them. Therefor I would like to congratulate you with this terrific portrait! Cheers!

  157. Dominika

    November 29, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Africa! My favorite place on earth :))

    I hope Morocco treats you like Cairo treated me.

  158. Style Dilettante

    November 29, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Wow…such a moving portrait. I wonder what he was thinking at that moment… I wonder about his life and all the things he’s seen…

  159. Trish

    November 29, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    I traveled to Morocco (Marrakesh and Essa0uira) and Ghana in Jan/Feb this year
    and loved it. Morocco was my favourite experience, Marrakech is amazing for many reasons. Essaouira is lovely, but the weather can be unpredictable there.

    The souks are must if you travel to Morrocco- and the colours, the Mosaics, the architecture are any photographers dream.

    I enjoyed my time there very much- and would love to travel there again within the near future. Try also the Jardin Majorelle in Marrakesh if you have time.

  160. Moroccan Celebrities

    November 29, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    This is coming from a Moroccan, I’m pretty sure you are going to capture some of the best candids in your career, but don’t expect anything like your typical work! The outcome will be closer to art than fashion photography :)
    My advice to you to get better pictures is:
    - Try french (not sure what foreign languages you speak) if you can, or say please in arabic ” soora min fadlak”
    - you probably won’t have to ask to take pictures, people are used to tourists anyways. When you ask you’ll probably seem like you’re taking photos for suspicious purposes :)
    - If both methods fail just stand on the rooftop of some bldg with a DSLR and shoot.
    Good luck

  161. Megan

    November 29, 2011 at 2:48 pm

  162. hamid

    November 29, 2011 at 4:22 pm

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  163. Nadia

    November 29, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Morocco is the place to be. Great pics and visit Marrakesh, you will find fashion.. its all over the place. Enjoy!

  164. Alexandra

    November 29, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    So great to see this adventure & live vicariously through your first trip there (and Africa in general). I’m sure it will be hard to capture every emotion you feel as you mentioned, but then again that’s the beauty & importance of photography. Helping convey your own story while connecting with others. Can’t wait to see more!

  165. Noreen

    November 29, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    I’m really curious. In what way is it more difficult to photograph people there? Do they object? The photos you are posting (including the fishing village) are interesting, and show a very old, uncared-for looking place. The old people in the pictures are beautiful. Good luck, and I look forward to more pictures and explanations.

  166. CBC

    November 29, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    i am a hairdresser…in the late 70′s I was in Paris and Berlin I noticed these increidable red heads…. i bought henna in Paris….actually for Jean Moreau…It was very strong…i didn’t use it. I brought it back with me to NYC…I had a salon in soho….the henna was a big success…the next summer i was in Tangiers and I saw 5 children in a doorway they all were henned..because the color is acheived from their natural color they all were different hues…the sun was shinning….I stll can picture it as if it was yeaterday

  167. Lisa .

    November 29, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    I served in the Peace Corps in Morocco and it is one of the most amazing places on Earth! I couldn’t be happier to see pictures of the beautiful scenery, and even more important, the beautiful people! More, please!

  168. Joelynn

    November 30, 2011 at 3:42 am

    It’ll be harder to take photos in Marrakech, especially in the square. You might need to pay as the traders would claim that you’d be publishing their photos and earning from them anyway. And it’s a traditional Muslim country. Most photos I have of people are those taken in off the beaten track places. I was also using an old Nikon with swivel lense – good for stealing shots. My favourite place – Fes. Amazing labyrinth city.

  169. Bernadette

    November 30, 2011 at 3:44 am

    I so want that man’s hat! Have a wonderful time. B

  170. S

    November 30, 2011 at 6:42 am

    Yes! Off the beaten (fashion) track! The itinerary is probably set but Asilah on the North Coast is worth a look – its a vaguely Europeanized arts enclave.
    Fes is nice too – but much more conservative.
    Also I vote with the Moroccan commenter above – just be clandestine – zoom lens from the roof.
    huth saeed! (good luck)

  171. antique engagement rings

    November 30, 2011 at 7:22 am

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  172. Yaa

    November 30, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    I love these! Morocco is new, and different from Milan and Paris and New York but that only means that there is so much more to discover. Fashion comes from diverse influences and it is amazing finding those in such different places and cultures. As an American student living in Ghana, I love going to the bustling markets and meeting seamstresses and jewelry makers and finding pieces that are so unique and so beautiful and tell a completely different story than anything I could find in the West. I hope to see more of these in the future!

  173. Maya

    November 30, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    It’s not surprising it may be hard for you a white American who doesn’t speak the language to get people to pose. They have long experienced Europeans fetishizing and objectifying Moroccan people as well as profiting from such photos. Try not to act like that and people will actually invite you to take their picture.

  174. Nozizwe

    November 30, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Go south and you’ll find a lot of Africans who are willing and lovely subjects.

    My favorite photo ever was one I shot in Zimbabwe of a beautiful little girl in a remote village. She had grace and gratitude.

  175. Milena

    December 1, 2011 at 2:18 am

    this is an amazing portrait.

  176. Manson

    December 1, 2011 at 10:15 am

    I understand your feelings about it being difficult to take photos. My work has landed me in rural Thailand and while the people are friendly its very hard to take photos. The lack of people with cameras and also the lack of caucasian people where I am makes me stick out like a sore thumb when I walk around with my camera. I’m so conspicuous here that it makes it very hard to get a photo. Its too bad as I see so many potential images that I can’t capture out of my respect for the locals privacy and their ability to shut me out if I try. When I’m in the tourist parts of Thailand getting photos is no problem but in a place where people aren’t used to cameras its tough. I sympathize with you as I know you are seeing amazing things that you wish you could capture but can’t. Its hard to explain unless you’ve been in this situation.. Its a new one for me, and you by the sounds of it, but it makes the shots you do get that much more special.
    Keep up the good work

  177. Crackshot

    December 1, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    A striped djabella we can wear at home….

  178. LA Weight Loss

    December 1, 2011 at 4:05 pm

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  179. jaj

    December 1, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    He has such a look of wisdom….

  180. John Marmon

    December 1, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    I spent three weeks in Morocco last year. I enjoyed it immensely. Stayed in some wonderful Riads. Essaouira is a really enjoyable place. You you also visit Chefchaouen!

  181. Jodihou

    December 1, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    What a surprise to see your beautiful photos…I just got back from a trip to Morocco and I want to go back. I loved the energy, the people, the noise, culture…everything about Morocco. Thanks for sharing.

  182. Chloie Kay

    December 1, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Beautiful photos, I loved the black and white contrast. Absolutely magnificent.

  183. CultureShockArt

    December 2, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Beautiful shots! Can’t wait to see more.

  184. steve

    December 2, 2011 at 5:31 am

    wow look so beautiful the photos you have look great may be it a place i would like to see and explore in the future. thay look happay people as well.

  185. Razia

    December 2, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Amazing photo! im from Tanzania – East Africa and its awesome to see
    you shoot in Morocco!

  186. Amanda Roberts

    December 3, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Lovely picture! Maybe you should also visit Casablanca and the Morocco Mall. It’s so amazing!!
    I really love Morocco. I think Morocco is so diffrent then other ”Islamic countries”. In some big cities you can see a lot of Jews walking around. Morocco is the only Islamic/Arabic country where Jews always has been welcome. That’s is wonderful!
    You should also visit: Tanger & Tetouan(with Spanish influences), Fez, Meknes, Agadir, Casablanca and Rabat wooow those cities are awesome. The people are so sweet and the food is delicious.
    Morocco is one of my favorite countries and I recommend it to all.

  187. Amanda Roberts

    December 3, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Lovely picture! Maybe you should also visit Casablanca and the Morocco Mall. It’s so amazing!!
    I really love Morocco. I think Morocco is so diffrent then other ”Islamic countries”. In some big cities you can see a lot of Jews walking around. Morocco is the only Islamic/Arabic country where Jews always has been welcome. That’s is wonderful!
    You should also visit: Tanger & Tetouan & Chef Chouen(with Spanish influences), Fez, Essaouira, Meknes, Agadir, Casablanca and Rabat wooow those cities are awesome. The people are so sweet and the food is delicious.
    Morocco is one of my favorite countries and I recommend it to all.

  188. Haroon

    December 4, 2011 at 11:30 am

    “Don’t expect too many though, shooting people in Morocco is much more difficult than anywhere I’ve ever visited.”

    Maybe you should try visiting the big cities in Morocco, looking for the young urban kids you seem to find easily in western capitals.

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    December 5, 2011 at 11:17 am

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  190. aska

    December 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I like very much all photos from Morocco.

  191. connie

    December 13, 2011 at 6:09 am

    I only see poverty and no future faces. Everything is old and dirty. Very shallow that other people think this is fashion…..

  192. Lisabeth Homles

    December 20, 2011 at 5:31 am

    Awesome writing style!

  193. Mfalme

    December 26, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Brings back memories of my favourite city marrakesh.I have taken lots of pictures of this beautiful city

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    January 22, 2012 at 12:12 pm

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  198. Marilyn

    March 10, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Wonderful portrait!

  199. Rob Palmer

    December 21, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    you’re right, shooting people in Morocco is difficult! I spent last year there shooting my Moroccan food and travel book and each image required making a connection with each person. A few line in arabic go a long way but a smile goes even further. It was hard work and at times very tiring but the challenge made for an unforgettable experience!

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