Morocco has been on my must visit list since I first saw Raiders of the Lost Arc. It was the market scene with all of the colorful carpets, fabrics and spices that lured me in. So, all these years later, I finally took the plunge and signed on for my second venture with Within The Frame Adventures, a photographic workshop travel company. I had previously traveled with them to Nepal in 2014 and I liked their laid back style of travel, giving you ample days in each area to absorb and learn about what you are photographing.
So I've recently returned from Morocco where I experienced an amazing amount of art and fabulous architecture. It was all so colorful and beautiful practically in every direction that I looked that is was overwhelming at times. I stayed in centuries old Riads in old medinas in Chefchaouen and Fez, rode into the Sahara desert on a camel where we camped in a luxury tent.
Visited the homes of mountain Berbers a nomadic people who tend herds of sheep and goats and yes, make those famous Berber rugs. I purchased a few of those beautiful rugs to bring home. During the entire trip, I met so many kind and caring people but one thing that was made very clear. Many Moroccan people do not want to be photographed. Some are superstitious about the evil eye while others are just tired of being treated rudely by tourists. I found that if you talk to them, make a connection with them, then your chances of finding a willing participant may increase. One thing that we were amused to find is that whenever we decided to get tricky and "steal" a photo of a person, looking at them later, there they were looking right at us. We were fooling no one. I carried my "big girl" camera with me with short lenses, but soon tired of carrying the weight of it up and down the steep hills and many stairs of the medinas. I used my iPhone 7 for many images as well as my "toy camera" a comparatively lightweight Panasonic Lumix with 28-400mm zoom lens. I downloaded my iPhone photos into Adobe LightRoom along with the others and they are looking pretty decent.
Morocco is a fabulous place to visit and explore and I heartily recommend it. Make use of guides to help you navigate and understand what you are looking.
The inner sanctum of our Riad in Fez. Riad Laaroussa. Highly recommended hotel!