Barbary Apes in the Cedar Forest – Azrou, Morocco

One of the many Barbary apes living in the cedar forest atop Azrou, Morocco.  The Barbary ape, or macaque, is a monkey that lives in North Africa and Gibraltar and can be found hanging out close to the road just south of Azrou.  The Barbrary apes were social (though I wouldn’t invite them home for dinner, let alone near your open car) and aside from one sitting on my windshield and smearing his butt all over the glass, they were as nice as one could hope for.

United States Attorney General Eric Holder – Marrakech & Rabat, Morocco

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…

Child exploitation in Jemaa el Fnaa – Marrakech, Morocco

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….

Here, everything is good pt. II – Tarifa, Spain

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.

Apologies are due – Bouznika, Morocco

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.

Independence Day – 2013

“From every mountain side, Let Freedom ring.”

They can’t all be posts about kittens and puppies – the Pavillon Sully, Louvre Palace, Paris, France

My new photo assistant, Rosie, says “hello” – Rabat, Morocco

We haven’t fallen off of the face of the earth or entered witness protection – Rosie, our lovely new puppy, recently moved in with us! 

The Padrão Descobrimentos – Lisbon, Portugal. 2013

The Padrão Descobrimentos / Monument to the Discoveries is located on the Lisbon waterfront and  across the street from the Jerónimos Monastery.  The monument is beautiful – one must see it to appreciate its form and aesthetic accomplishment.

The tomb of Luís de Camões, Jerónimos Monastery – Lisbon, Portugal. 2013

A tomb housing the mortal remains of Luís de Camões, the Portuguese poet and chronicler of the Age of Discovery, inside of the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon, Portugal.  The monastery is located across the street from the Belém Tower and the Padrão dos Descobrimentos. I recently visited Lisbon and was blown away by the beauty of the city and the warmth of its people.  One week was nowhere near enough time to explore the city and I am looking forward to returning soon.

Yet another new friend in the medina pt. II – Fes, Morocco.

We aren’t silly and we certainly didn’t just fall off of the turnip truck – our furry buddy from the other day was interested in more than just looking cute and purring / chirping at us during lunch.  Specifically, he surely thought that we were his meal ticket to a fancy seafood lunch. Barring a fresh seafood lunch, he may have settled for a squab pastilla…or just the main ingredient.

Yet another new friend in the medina – Fes, Morocco.