Thursday, 3 February 2011

It's all in the detail...

Morocco is fascinating and a photographers paradise. Its landscape and culture have a distinctive beauty which has impressed artists and travellers alike over the ages.  

On my last trip I gathered a small collection of just some of the beautiful details from around the city of Marrakech, including the Saadian Tombs, The Bahia Palace and The Ben Youssef Madrassa.   Skills and Art from hundreds, perhaps thousand of years ago are still being used there today, which makes it fascinating to photograph.  For example, the art of Zillij (the mosaic patterns) with a border of calligraphy is a tradition skill used to build and adorn mosques and palaces and is still used today in new buildings and renovations including private houses, restaurants and hotels.  Here in this collection of images I have sought to capture the wonderful aesthetic of these original details.