This is so beautiful. I paint portraits, and I’d very much like to paint this photo. I had a photography for designers instructor that told the artists in the class, “if you wouldn’t paint it, its not a good photograph”. Maybe a wee bit strong but nonetheless it has stuck with me.
I was just in Maroc for the first time in September and these photos are bringing back so many good memories. Love them! I found the people very friendly and willing to have their photos taken if you asked permission first. Enjoy your travels!
This picture is trying to capture too many things at once. Are you trying to shoot the man, or the colors or together? Then again, maybe it just shows a tourist trying to capture the generality of Morocco.
I’ve followed your blog for a long time and LOVE your photos and I’m so excited that you are currently in Morocco as I’m currently living here as a Peace Corps volunteer (I’ve been here for almost two years now). The way people dress here is so fascinating and there are so many characters! I live in a very rural, very beautiful part of the country up north, east of Fes. If you are interested in coming out and shooting where I am, I’d love to help you get some beautiful portraits! Either way, I love your work and thanks for coming to Morocco!
I am really wondering if you had to pay this man to take his photograph. I was in Morocco in October and had to pay to take photos of people or they would cover their face. I’d really appreciate if you could tell me what your secret was to convince this man to pose for you?
I too paid people to take their photograph in Morocco. It’s not much, a euro. I get the photograph and the photographee gets a euro. If someone wants to snap a pic of me for a euro, I’ll do it. There’s no secret.
This is my first time ever reading this blog, and I have to say that I am very impressed with this photograph. I am currently living here and this picture captures everything that Morocco, uniquely Moroccan. Not exotic, but unique. It captures everything I love and hate about this crazy country, and that, in itself, makes it beautiful.
I can only imagine what it took to get this photo. Relish the colors and ‘ancient’ world of it. Glad you focused on the indigenous people and the beauty in this the most ancient of cultures. It continues to awe me. I’ve never set foot on the Continent but it’s where I come from and to see settings like this knowing we’ve never been there, but mimic so much of the color-rich culture of the African Continent in our communities and life-styles like DNA. Awesome!
Love your expansive curiosity as a photographer. Inspiring! I tell you, the people in your Moroccan photos, they look like my relatives. The colors, design elements– like things I remember from old neighborhoods where I grew up in Chicago. Mostly all gone now. Thanks for sharing this.
When I was a kid we lived in Algeria and Morocco. My mother bought material shot with pure gold and silver and it was sold by the pound! I have a special place in my heart for that part of the world; the food, the architecture, and the subtle magic of the people and the land –I can see why YSL had his home in that part of the world and why he could stay away. There ‘s something about it that one has to experience first hand in order to understand.