A Blessing – Rabat, Morocco

I recently took a walk through the medina with my friend Y and a new buddy, Kareem, from Club Le Troisième œil, a Rabat-based photography club that Kareem helped start.  I have been a fan of the club since I arrived here in Rabat and it was a pleasure to walk through the medina with Y and Kareem.  I normally approach photography as a solo endeavor, though it was nice to walk through the medina and oudayas with the guys. Walking around with two natives of Rabat was a very different experience than I would have had otherwise and I appreciate their time and look forward to catching up again soon.

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I didn’t make too many photographs, though I was pleased to meet this gentleman and commission his blessing of my cameras and darkroom.  We came across him swinging a tray of burning incense and offering his services to business owners within the medina.  Y stopped him, cracked a few jokes with him (in darija, of course) and then introduced the two of us.  He told me that I would receive a “good blessing”, to which I responded that I was hoping for either a “really good blessing” or even a fantastic one, pushing the limits of my darija and eliciting a laugh from him.  It was nice to slow things down and develop a secondary layer of interaction with the portrait subject.  I think that there is a measure of curiosity and humor in his expression – I doubt that many photographers approach him looking for blessings in their craft.

I hope that the new year is treating all of you well.  If not, maybe you need a quick trip down to the medina.  🙂

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  1. […] again, I must thank my buddies for showing me around the Rabat medina a few weeks back.  Y and K were fantastic guides and introduced me to neighborhoods that I have […]

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