Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Doorway to the Future

As I travel, doors and windows tend to draw my camera's eye. It's always interesting to me to see how different cultures use their personal spaces, different shapes and colors. When I made an earlier post of doors in various European settings, someone commented that it interesting for the viewer to speculate about the unknown that is found on the other side. I have to agree.

This particular door was located on the outskirts of the Moroccan city of Marrakesh. It is an object of simplicity and beauty. This could also be taken to be a symbol of the doorway to the future. As we end the year 2009, I wish you the best for 2010. Thank you for visiting over the last year, please come back again. In the meantime, may your travels be interesting and enjoyable. Do take the steps to travel beyond your present horizon when you can, there are so many new experiences to have.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Moroccan Wide and High Places

I've finally started my project of digitalizing the slides of Morocco taken in 1974-5. These photos were chosen because they are strikingly opposite of my many water-themed postings. Traveling southward in Morocco was the first time I had ever been exposed to vast open spaces and mountains. It was not until a recent trip through New Mexico that I had a similar experience. The beauty of Morocco's mountains in contrast to the stark rocky emptiness of the plains was a source of wonder to me. It was that beauty of the land and the good people that we met that made the year teaching English as a Foreign Language in Morocco a truly memorable experience for us.

The photos in this first Moroccan collection were taken as we traveled to and from the exotic city of Marrakesh. A bus that broke down far from any town gave the chance to take photos of the plains with mountains looming in the distance. (We later found out that it was the brake system that needed repair. Brakes are something you do not want to be without as you travel through mountainous areas.) I also included photos of a couple of scheduled stops along the way. It is hard for me to imagine life in those rural settings so far from others.They give a very real example of what it means to be isolated.

I hope that you have enjoyed your visit. Please stop by again. In the meantime, may your travels be both interesting and enjoyable.



A couple comments I need to make about these photos and ones that will appear in later posts. All of them were taken in 1974-75 with a 35mm camera in Morocco. I have used a slide scanner to copy them and have tried to use a photo editing program to clean up slide flaws, scratches, and other photo-ageing events. The other comment I must make is that I can not be sure whether Lori or I took a particular photo. Digital cameras leave identifying traces on individual shots, 35 mm slides do not. I can guarantee that I am the editor, if not necessarily the actual photographer. Therefore,as editor, I will take "credit" for any photographic flaw in the series. I just hope that you enjoy the sights of Morocco as much as I have enjoyed revisiting them through this process.