Marrakech, Morocco - 2013
A year on Tumblr
One of my most challenging times in photography was when I was in Marrakech. Its a custom in Marrakech that people don’t want to have their photos taken, so trying to do street photography there was very tricky and frustrating at times. I had to come up with ways to not get noticed, which is very hard as I looked more like a tourist than a local.
After a couple of days with no good photographs that I was proud of, I decided to not stress about it and enjoyed my time in Marrakech instead. There was an alleyway that I always took to go back to my hotel and I noticed how good it would look as a backdrop with the light coming through. So one evening I stood in the dark alleyway pretending to do something and waited for the right subject to come along and there she was, a lady heading back home with a plastic bag filled with goods. I liked how both the colour of the backdrop and her dress complemented each other.
One thing this photograph also embodies is the anonymity of the people of Marrakech. If you do want to take photos in Marrakech, either photograph by stealth or make friends with the locals.
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