2012 I traveled through Morocco for 10 days working for Wickinger Reisen as a photographic tourist guide. It was my 3rd time in this beautiful country. I was fascinated by the vivacity of the life on the streets: all around me, people working, talking, laughing, haggling, shouting, discussing, repairing things, playing and hanging around together. It was as though I found myself back in an age before computers, western fashion trends and multinational corporations conquered our everyday life.
Admittedly: many of the people in Morocco are poor and will never have the money to travel around the world. But even though they are poor and in sub-par health from our perspective, they spread vitality and gentleness around them — perhaps because they have the protection and support of their community to sustain them.
I spent time with craftsmen in Marrakesh; visited Le Jardin Majorelle, created by Yves Saint Laurent; spent an afternoon with locals on the outskirts of Marrakesh; took a day trip to the mountain village of Tafza; hung out at the Essaouira harbor and watched the boatbuilders at work; crossed the Atlas Mountains and visited the Kasbah of Ait Benhadou; went to a Berber market at Dades Valley; and spent time at the incredible film Studios of Quarzazate. On the way back to Marrakesh, I met three berber girls who did not want to let me leave. But my time here was over.
Le Jardin Majorelle
Village of Tafza
An afternoon with locals on the outskirts of Marrakesh
On the way to Essaouira
The boatbuilders of Essaouira
Crossing the Atlas Mountains and visiting the Kasbah of Ait Benhadou
Going to a Berber market at Dades Valley
The film Studios of Quarzazate
The way back over the Atlas Mountains