Jan 31, 2010

Street Scenes: Marrakesh Souk at Night

Photographing the night personalities of the world’s great cities is always a pleasure. Night photography doesn’t have to be about major landmarks and icons.

This stall just of off Marrakesh’s famed Djemma el Fna is not your average lighting shop. I was tempted as always to bring a lantern home from Morocco. The trick of course is how to get it back in one piece. What is the most difficult to transport item you’ve brought home from your travels?

9 comments:

jen laceda said...

Love the shot! I wish I was able to go out at night and shoot the Marrakech souk scene, but I had my very young daughter with me at that time.

Hardest thing I had to transport back home? 1) a lantern from Marrakech 2) holy water from Lourdes 3) a set of Murano glasses and bottles 4) two vintage suitcases from Israel...

Kaotic said...

That's a lovely picture. Very Arabian Nights.

Monna said...

Great question. Ceramic bowls (definitely) from Italy, Portugal, Spain and Thailand. I have become an expert at packing several into my knapsack at a time. Once, I carried seven large ceramic bowls home from Europe in my carry-on luggage.

Fly Girl said...

That is a gorgeous shot! THe hardest thing I've had to trasnport was a handcarved mirror from Mexico. It got cracked but its so beautiful that I hung it up anyway.

ana said...

Beautiful, like fairytail... 1001 night... That's how I can imagine Marrakech and how I would love to experience Marrakech

Lynne said...

gorgeous shot of the lanterns!

Wendy said...

Jen, Monna, Flygirl--I'd love to know your techniques for bringing them home.

Kaotic, Ana and Lynne-Thank you.

Leigh said...

Great night shot - can hardly wait to go to Morocco.

I've transported two awkward objects home - a very large black pottery vase from Oaxaca, Mexico, though it was long enough ago they let us carry it on the plane. Not so sure that would happen now.
Also hitchhiked/backpacked from Istanbul to Geneva with a 6'X4' Turkish rug. Sick of the thing now but it has so much history that perhaps my family can wrap me in it at the end.

Wendy said...

Leigh, I love Oaxaca and brought back quite a bit of Day of the Dead folk art. LOL on the carpet. I regret not buying one when in Istanbul. But I've bought a few from Morocco...