Postcard from Marrakech; Favourite Destinations Photo Series

This might seem to be a surprising choice of image to represent the bustling Moroccan city of Marrakech. Maybe an image of the amazing Djemaa el Fna square, perhaps a colourful fabric or spice stall from the surrounding souks may seem more appropriate. These seem to be the foundations of the North African culture, hives of frenetic activity and tourism, …

Postcard from a Gnawa jam in Essaouira medina

Gnawa (Gnaoua) is a traditional form of music popular in sub-saharan Africa particularly amongst the Berber people of Morocco. It is still performed today and the instruments are sold on stalls in the medina. It is believed to have originally been spread by black slaves within the region and was often performed as part of a ritual, commencing with an …

Postcard from a Marrakech street scene

Oranges are easy to find in Marrakech, in fact anywhere in Morocco. They grow in trees at the side of the streets, in train stations, parks and just about anywhere you look. The main square of Djemaa el Fna is flanked by stallholders selling freshly squeezed orange juice at an unbelievably cheap price. I always wondered where they collected their …

Travel Photography Tips – Being ‘Lucky’

It is often surprising how lucky I have been as a photographer, on so many occasions a special view, scene or incident has unexpectedly jumped out in front of my lens. These strokes of good fortune have provided me with a few decent images over the years. The aim of this article is to provide a few tips which will …

Berber Desert Odyssey – Camels and Starlight

In search of just deserts The word desert is an evocative one and conjures up visions of endless sand dunes, a barren landscape interrupted only by lush but rare oasis and scenes from films with men driven mad with thirst searching for water. The desert environment is an unfamiliar one for most of us and for this reason alone attracts …