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Many have asked about the Header image above, which I named 'Eerie Genny'. It was originally shot with film [taken on the shore of the Genesee River near the Univ. of Rochester]. During the darkroom development, I flashed a light above the tray. The process, known as 'solarization', produces eerie, ghostlike effects; some have mistaken this image as an infra-red photo. Some 35+ years later, I scanned and digitized the print, and did a little modern day editing, and, voila.
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Monday, May 23, 2016

Morocco Odyssey 12: Fes (i)


For our next installment, we travel from Rabat to Fes [often incorrectly referred to as Fez]. After lunching at a local restaurant, we rode the bus up a hillside to take in spectacular panoramic view of the city [top image]; the medina has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Taken from a closer vantage point, in the lower image one can see a small local market; note the many satellite dishes on the rooftops.

After this brief excursion, we visited a local ceramics workshop. Our guide [top image below] described the steps of pain-staking [and dusty] handwork in creating mosaic tables, etc. The workers below are paid according to the number of pieces they contribute.


Of course, there were potters and all that goes into the creation of tajines, bowls, dishes, vases, etc.
 Here is a huge vase with Hebrew writing and Star of David. Fes once had a substantial Jewish population, but most left for Israel after it was declared a State.

Following the tour, we could  make purchases in their large shop, where I bought several bowls; the young woman below wrapped them up for me.





Saturday, May 21, 2016

Morocco Odyssey 11: Rabat (The Chellah) [Sky Watch Friday]

Being the capital and one of the imperial cities of Morocco, Rabat has one of the King’s royal palaces. Our tour group was not allowed to approach its Bab ar-Rouah [Gate of the Wind] closer than ca. 100 meters; the picture below was shot using a telephoto lens. The men standing guard were from 5-6 different military/police/security units.
One of the unusual sites we visited was the ruins of a Roman city and wild gardens of the Chellah, a 14th century Merinid necropolis [located within fortified walls shown below]. The Merinids were a Berber dynasty that ruled over Morocco and parts of Algeria from the mid-13th through the late 15th century.

 The entrance below is another fine example of the horseshoe arch. The holes in the wall on the left were not used for armed defense. Rather, they were the locations to insert heavy logs to build scaffolding for repairing wear and tear damage to the wall.


                               The Chellah is home to a large number of storks, as well as cats.






Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Morocco Odyssey 10: Rabat (The Medina)

The medina in Rabat is similar to those we had visited previously in Chefchaouen and Tetouan, although the streets were not as narrow and the blue and white buildings fewer.




Olives and spices were in available in abundance, as well as sweet munchies [the baklavah and coconut macaroons were incredible].




                        I was determined to get more portraits on this walk and was rewarded.





Finally, outside the medina and on the street near our hotel, I encountered a young man [from Senegal] selling bracelets, necklaces, etc. that he had made. He commented on the jembe necklace that I always wear, and this brought us into discussion. While chatting, he was always smiling widely, but the sight of the camera elicited a more serious mien. 


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Morocco Odyssey 9: Rabat (Museum of Modern Art)

Arriving in Rabat concluded the pre-trip extension and the start of the main trip. Rabat is the capital of Morocco and, as you might expect, there are many interesting sites to visit. Having some free time on that first day, we walked to the King Mohammed VI Museum of Modern Art [located about 15-20 min. from our hotel]. As we turned the corner towards the main entrance, this huge sculpture greeted us.


The architecture of building itself was quite modern, while at the same time reflecting the rich traditional heritage of Morocco.


                                           A similar comment applies to the interior.


We saw a wide collection of sculpture and paintings by Moroccan artists. Below is a group of my favorites.





Friday, April 29, 2016

Morocco Odyssey 8: Tangier and points north [Sky Watch Friday]

From Tetouan we drove north to Tangier. Even from the bus window, there were photo-ops along the way.

Like most Moroccan towns, Tangier has a variety of different portals into the medina. The entrance below, Bad el Fahs, exhibits the distinctive horseshoe arch [also known as the Keyhole or Moorish arch].

While engaging,Tangier did not have the sparkle of the other medinas we had seen. Still, there were interesting people and sights. This artisan [and his creations] below was one of the few who did not refuse to be photographed, and he did not request payment.



The colorful blue and white below is, unfortunately, not how the houses are painted in Tangier.


Just outside one of the medina gates was an area where various workers congregated with their tools, waiting for a prospective hire.


After departing Tangier, we drove to Cap Sparlet, the point where the Atlantic Ocean [on the west] meets the Mediterranean Sea [on the east], marked by the painted rock.


One of the big attractions in the area is the Cave of Hercules, a natural cavern sculpted over centuries by the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Various artifacts [tools, pottery, human statues] found in the cave have been dated back to 5,000 BC. Viewed from the ocean, the upper portion of the opening looks like the contour of the map of Africa. To me, looking out toward the ocean, the outline reminds me of the silhouette of Nefertiti. Unfortunately, missing from this still shot is the loud crashing of the waves and surf.


After exiting the cave and proceeding up a walkway, I turned and saw this trio of men sitting on a bench, beautifully silhouetted against the sky. Was the plant eavesdropping on their conversation?




Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Morocco Odyssey 7: Tetouan

 We finally took our leave of Chefchaouen and drove to Tetouan, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here we encountered the first of our local guides who took over leading the tour group to the sites in each city. These guides were all proficient in English and well schooled in the history and culture of their respective domains. Best of all, they each possessed a good sense of humor.

Tetouan houses one of the many palaces of King Mohammed VI. The square located in its vicinity is quite colorful, as can be seen below.


The Tetouan medina is a labyrinth of narrow streets and squares, and filled with all manner of small shops.



What also makes Morocco so fascinating is the people, and the wares and food they sell. The top and 3rd/4th images show characteristic Berber headwear.






Many were not actively involved in commerce. The elderly gentleman in the bottom image, Abraham, is among the last of a once large Jewish population in Tetouan.