PHOTOGRAPHIC TOUR: MARRAKECH MEDINA
By Ruari G Barber-Fleming
Before arriving in Marrakech I had made a conscious effort not to do much research into the place in fear of creating expectations. Travelling to Marrakech with that blank canvas mindset, my first day was a complete sensory overload.
Our first morning was spent on a photographic tour of the Medina, hosted by local Confluence photographers Houssain Belabbes and Ali. As a small group of 8 we were led through narrow streets of the Medina, out into the main square, Jemma El Fna and then deep into the souks. Along the way the group quickly learning how to master the art of shooting in ever changing light conditions.
Glistening colours, friendly people, the constant hum of chatter and mopeds, this was a vision of 'city life' that seemed so alive and organic. Marrakech seems to be a place of contrasts, the hustle and bustle of street life in comparison to the relaxation behind riad walls was extraordinary.
This was truly one of the most unique places I've ever been, vibrant and alive.