Colourful culture, magnificent landscapes, ancient cities; Morocco has something for everyone with a love of photography. From the heart of the Medina to the edge of the Sahara here are my top five photography destinations in Morroco.
Marrakech is like and act of a biblical play set in the Ochre backdrop of this city. Walk through the Medina where light spills through slits in the timber awnings above illuminating the cities characters and ornaments. Head to the main square the Jemaa El Fna where snake charmers work the crowd, the Gnawa bands in traditional dress dance and make music and the city’s Mosque towers make a striking backdrop.
Jemaa El Fna Performer. Photographer: Michelle Ranson
Enjoy the relaxed feel of this coastal town with your camera always in hand. See the ocean crash against the ancient city walls. Visit the port where fishing boats come and go and vendors sell an amazing array of sea creatures. Walk the beach and enjoy the light that has had artists flocking here for decades.
Essaouira fishing port. Photographer: Wade Ranson
High Atlas Mountains
Wind your way up into the High Atlas mountains and take in the commanding view. See the contrast of the green of the fertile valleys and the red of the rock walls above. My highlight, the magnificent Todra Gorge.
Todra Gorge gardens. Photographer: Wade Ranson
Sahara Desert, Merzouga
Get that classic image of a windswept dune untouched by man and shaped by the wind. Take a camel back selfie as you ride the ships of the desert to a Berber camp. Don’t forget deserts have a high number of clear nights so any astronomic photographers looking to catch the milky way are in for treat.
Sahara Dune,Merzouga. Photographer: Wade Ranson
In the 1930’s Jewish immigrants decided to paint this hill town blue and the tradition continues into modern times. Walking the lane ways of Chefchaouen is a photographers dream with the continuous blue palate making normal moments in time seem striking in the lens.
Chefchaouen fruit seller. Photographer: Wade Ranson
So there are my top five locations for the shutter freaks out there but this article comes with a warning. The Moroccan people are the most camera shy I have experienced anywhere on the planet. Most will refuse to be in your shot no matter how you ask. Many will ask for money from you in return for their image which I always decline out of principle when shooting street photography. Be polite and courteous and most of all be patient as you shoot your way through the country. There are no guarantees but if you are lucky that one perfect moment will appear before your lens for you to capture and cherish forever. What I can guarantee is the thrill of the chase, meetings with people of a different culture and memories you could not fit onto any memory card on the market.