I love that these are the images you are sharing from your trip to Morocco.
I just returned from a summer spent in West Africa where I faced the constant frustration of witnessing such unfamiliar beauty without the ability to document it effectively. The camera employs a different meaning for many Africans than it does for Westerners which can make shooting individuals virtually impossible depending on your ethics.
Regardless, the “lived in” nature of many of the dwelling and common spaces in the urban communities conveys the character of the people that utilize that space in a very special way. So when capturing the individual on film is at conflict, an image of the space they inhabit can be mutually agreeable.
I just wanted to take an opportunity to commend your efforts. As always, thank you for sharing.
Love the blue of Essaouira. You may have time to visit the little synagogue (the only one left) in the top left hand quarter of the medina. You will have seen that Essaouira once had a lively Jewish community – there are stars of David on loads of the merchants houses – this was news to me when I got there. Also love the orange juice, palmiers and apricot jam for breakfast! Incomparible really. Also love the Chalet de la plage!
Such beautiful captures of Marocco and Essaouira… Photos cannot transport the smells and sounds of places, but yours transport me right back. I thought Marocco was pretty overwhelming, too – mesmerizing and sometimes frightening at the same time.
Amazing photo series here. To pick up on what Lauren Helen said–I’m struck not only by the color but by the inclusion of small but lovely & functional design elements in the buildings (patterned tiles & ironwork, for instance). In an odd way, these photos remind me of New England mill towns, where decorative bits can often be found on all sorts of old buildings (not just the expensive ones). I find that aesthetic far more appealing than “machines for living”…
This blue is very used in moroccan cities such as essaouira, marrakech, assilah, chaoueun … and many more cities. (mediteranean cities in europe as well)
Aloso know as “klein blue” and called in morocco : “bleu majorelle” refering to the famous YSL gardens in the center of marrakech city, that everyone can check her : http://jardinmajorelle.com/