Trip to Morocco / by scott stockwell

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I had a bit of a gap in my work diary and found some cheap flights and accommodation so decided to book a 10 day solo trip to morocco. I flew to Marrakech where I stayed for 3 nights and also travelled to Fes where I stayed for a few nights with one night where I slept out in the desert.

The main reason I wanted to do this trip was to take photos of the people of Morocco not so much the beautiful buildings and landscape. I like to take photos of people with out them knowing, this seems a bit weird but there is something about taking a photo with out the subject knowing the photographer is present, it makes the subject look so much more natural.

Although this all back fired a little with the fact Im quite tall with pale white skin so I stood out from the crowd quite a lot, so was spotted as soon as I pulled my camera out. Also the people of Morocco are quite strict muslims and really really do not like having their photo taken (especially by a tourist). I was shouted at least five times by different people before I had even taken a photo, with two people running over to me demanding money because I pointed a camera at them and someone actually came up to me asking to delete the photo even though this was not possible as I was shooting with film.

In the end I just totally lost the confidence to take photos of people and felt like I had to be a bit more respectful of their culture. I did try ask people for a portrait but they either said no or wanted a stupid amount of money. Overall though was a great trip with so much to see and do :)

I have posted a few of the photos I did mange to take of people below. All photos are shot on Kodak Portra 400 film.

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