The Department of Justice’s main web page displaying one of my photographs of United States Attorney General Eric Holder. Pretty cool, right?
As I alluded to earlier, I recently completed a multi-day assignment and am thrilled to share the results. I covered United States Attorney General Eric Holder’s visit to Morocco where he attended and spoke at the Arab Forum on Asset Recovery and met with numerous local officials.
I met Attorney General Holder’s advance team prior to his arrival and received my assignment as well as motorcade schedule. (“Motorcade schedule” = “AWESOME / is this really happening?”) My assignment was a mix of introductions / hand-shakes, candid images and coverage of speeches and press conferences. Attorney General Holder’s first appointments were at the Arab Forum on Asset Recovery (AFAR) in Marrakech, a conference dedicated to recovering assets stolen from Arab countries in transition. I was pleased to hear that the events were being held at the Palmerarie Golf Palace, as I was already familiar with the location and layout of the conference center and could plan accordingly.
I quickly fell in to the rhythm of the event and was able to predict where Attorney General Holder would stand during introductions. Attorney General Holder didn’t mind taking a small measure of direction from me when I suggested that we avoid any posed photographs against the conference room walls (in my opinion, an out of focus ugly background is a heck of a lot nicer than a totally discernible / in focus ugly background – call me crazy). I was relieved that the Attorney General was so easy-going with me and all of my (respectfully made) photography-related requests – it’s not everyday that an attorney is in the position to offer direction to the United States Attorney General.
The photograph from above as originally created (reading left to right as opposed to the treatment above).
A recent visit to Jemma el Fnaa, normally one of my favorite sites for a kitschy sensory overload, took an ugly turn. I normally gravitate towards the story tellers and street performers, though this evening I encountered something new. A crowd ringed a young boy while a man walked around the circle, his hands full of bills as he challenged men in the crowd to offer their sons up to fight and accepting bets on the outcome. The boy in the photograph appeared to be there against his will and was ultimately pitted against a much larger and older boy.
Nobody shouted “stop” or expressed how unacceptable the spectacle was. No police officers intervened. I didn’t stop it, either. Continue reading
I recently completed a three-day-long assignment covering two cities in Morocco and am looking forward to sharing some of the images with you once they have been cleared. I can’t share the images yet and shouldn’t mention the subject’s name in order to avoid jeopardizing my good fortune, though I will mention that it was an incredible experience and I hope to receive another assignment like this again. I appreciate the opportunity that was given to me and thank all of the people who came together to make it happen. You guys are the best. Continue reading
A view of Tarifa’s old town. The church, illuminated by both artificial light and the rising sun, sits on the Southern tip of Spain. The lights and mountains in the background are in Morocco. The ferry runs passengers back and forth across the shipping lanes from Tangier to Tarifa.
V and I recently loaded the Wagon Queen Family Truxter up and headed off to Spain with my family. We once again based our adventure out of Tarifa, though this time we actually made it out-of-town and managed to explore a bit of Southern Spain.
It was beautiful. Continue reading
Life has a certain way of obliterating any plans to revamp websites and produce portfolios (the kind that elevate one’s middling photography into a stellar form of expression that causes art buyers to quiver in their boots and fight over your oldest edits).
That’s just fine with me. Continue reading
Gunnery Sergeant J. Taylor watches over the USMC Rabat detachment prior to color guard and the singing of the National Anthem. Rabat, Morocco.
“From every mountain side,
Let Freedom ring.”