Archive for January 2011
When the sun goes down, the Djemma El Fna comes alive; with music and dancing, food stalls and tea stalls, snake charmers and dancing monkeys, fortune tellers and story tellers.
This photo was taken from an Essaouira roof terrace just as the sun was setting. Three woman walked across the square below, the sun casting long shadows before them.
Goatskins drying by the wall of the Ben Youssef Mosque. The colours of wall, window, pavement and skins couldn’t have been more perfectly complementary.
I wanted to capture the shafts of sunlight coming through the reed canopy that covered the Souk and the timeless quality to this part of the old Medina in Marrakesh.
Sister to Aziz, Sai’ida is a bright, beautiful young girl at the crossroads of her future; with an incredible sense of duty and loyalty to family and home but with aspirations that stretch beyond the limits of the Berber village in which she lives.
|Taken in the village of Amizmiz, in the home of a lovely Berber family we stayed with for a night. We spent the evening teaching Aziz to make shadow puppets on the wall of the kitchen by the light of a kerosene lamp.
From the 6th-26th Feb, a selection of photos I took in Morocco will be on display in the Filmhouse cafe bar and will accompany the Middle East Film Festival which is running concurrently.
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So I’ve moved from my previous space at blogspot.com to this new fancy abode at wordpress. I’m still getting the hang of this blog engine – it’s like moving into a new home and still trying to figure out how the heating works and where to find the gas metre.
Blogging for me started on New Years Day 2010 with a resolution to blog a photo daily – I know it’s a tried and tested format but for me it was quite a challenge. I was clear from the start though, that it wasn’t to be a diary of my life but each photo I posted had to be good – technically, aesthetically, creatively, conceptually or narratively – I had to feel that it was worth posting for one of those reasons.
I had a lot of fun doing the blog, it became a slightly unhealthy obsession at times but I did gain a healthy number of followers along the way, and really valued the feedback, both positive and/or constructive, I received.
I learned so much about photography in the process and that was probably, for me, the most valuable part of the exercise. I still have so much to learn but I think I came to a clearer understanding what I like to photograph and what sort of photographer I aspire to be through doing it. By the end of the year though, I was tiring of the format and the blog name itself ‘photophoto365′ – although useful for the project last year as a statement of intent – didn’t give me the freedom to develop this further.
So a new home was needed and a new start. I’m still not quite clear on how I will develop this site but I am confident that it will evolve, in Darwinian fashion, into something I’m pleased with. I have a number of projects in my head that I intend to pursue this year. I’ll no doubt bore you with some of my incessant chatter along the way, but I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I’m sure I will.
Ciao for now