Images of the unimaginable

Sidi Kaouki, Morocco
Sidi Kaouki, Morocco

Welcome to a world of amazing colours, archaic architecture and mystical natural wonders. Whatever your desired experience, Morocco is sure to capture the core of your adventurous spirit. The Kingdom is truly a traveller’s wonderland, filled with unique, culturally immersive experiences at every new turn. From roadside dining next to donkeys to opulent rooftop evenings accompanied by flawless views of the High Atlas Ranges.

City view of Marrakech
Marrakech, Morocco

But there’s a catch folks…brace yourself for loud calls of , ”no photo!”, moments before snapping that perfect frame you've been so patiently waiting for. This all too common demand slowly morphed into a daily scold during my three month stay in the Maghreb nation, until I finally succumbed to public pressure and shelved the camera for a while. Not for long though! After the initial recoil, I decided to truly embrace my volatile surroundings and search for alternative methods of getting that shot; at one stage even trading cigarettes for photos.

This is a community and environment so visually striking that the thought of replicating it, for many locals, is considered ‘haram’ (an Arabic word meaning forbidden by Islamic Law).

Charmers in the Place Jemaa El-fna Square
Marrakech, Morocco
A quartet of Andalusian musicians make their way through the Medina.
Essaouira, Morocco
Morning coffee in Bab Doukkala
Marrakech, Morocco

But just a quick scroll through your social media feed and you’re likely to be met with images of gorgeous women, dwarfed by 12th century ornate palaces. Not your style? How about a pair of locked hands, the back of a head, a dromedary, its mahout and a beautiful sunset over the Sahara?

The Berber Woman
Marrakech, Morocco

Let’s be clear; by no means are these examples a misrepresentation of Morocco, but your experiences of this North African nation will seldom be one dimensional. So, who’s to say what passes and what fails the “haram” test? After all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right?

A man carves woodwork at a stall in the Medina of Marrakech
Marrakech, Morocco
Kids play soccer in Essaouira, as the sun sets behind them
Essaouira, Morocco

This photo essay depicts Moroccan life away from dreamy palace backdrops and idyllic gardens, as I unveil one of many identities to this magical country. Whether it be the evening storytellers of Marrakech, hard-working Berber women in the High Atlas Mountains or Saturday evening football stars in Essaouira, everyday life in Morocco is humbling, magical and soulful.

A man recounts a story to a group of men
Essaouira, Morocco