A Blessing, pt. II – Rabat, Morocco

Once 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 never walked through before.  I go to the medina often, though a walk with a native of Rabat is a heck of a different experience and I look forward to our next adventure. We walked through a small souk near the corniche filled with, well, stuff.  This souk – right around the corner from the shops catering to the early morning fishermen – was a totally different experience…

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…

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…

New Projects – Rabat, Morocco

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.

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.

Guarab in the medina – Rabat, Morocco

I recently went to part of the Rabat medina slightly out of my normal trajectory.  I usually take visitors to Rue des Consuls, though an emergency phyllo dough purchase sent us towards the section of the medina closer to Bab el Had, a section of the medina that is far less sanitized for mass ingestion by tourists. In short, it was fantastic.  I haven’t been  to that section of the medina for a few months and was much more interested in it now that we have lived here for almost half of a year.

Three men and an illegal tripod – the Portuguese Cistern, El Jadida, Morocco.

While taking a break from a lazy weekend at the fantastic beach resort Mazagan, I broke away with two great buddies for a trip to El Jadida to see the Portuguese Cistern.  From Wikipedia – Built in 1514, this former warehouse (possibly an armory) was converted into a cistern in the 16th century. The underground chamber, measuring 34 meters by 34 meters, was constructed with five rows of five stone pillars. The cistern is famous especially for the thin layer of water that covers the floor, and which creates fine and exciting reflections from the little light there is and…

The surf’s up (again) – return to Bouznika, Morocco.

We recently escaped a particularly hot day here in Rabat by heading off to one of our favorite places, Bouznika, home of the Blue Surf School and Eden Wed restaurant.  We had only been to Bouznika once before (yes, it became a favorite that quickly) and aside from running into our friends Ashleigh and Joe we’d had the beach all to ourselves. Not so much this time. All of Rabat had the same idea as we did. Despite the crazy crowds, we still had a great meal at Eden Wed and made friends with our neighboring tables.  This day was…

Street performers in the Kasbah des Udayas, Rabat, Morocco.

While walking through the Rabat kasbah I came across two of my favorite street performers / musicians.  They aren’t as flashy as their counterparts in Fes who all appear to be either dipped in gold or brandishing as many instruments as possible, nor are they as numerous as the groups that populate Jemma el-Fnaa in Marrakesh.

Are you man enough for this sandwich? Deep in the medina. Rabat, Morocco.

WFD came through Morocco and – of course –  demanded to eat as much authentic Moroccan food as possible.  Rabat has fantastic restaurants serving up great tagines and brochettes, though after a few days WFD demanded the real thing, the stuff that people eat while they’re on the go – the street / market food. Off to the medina.