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Photo Story - Morocco: Colours and light

Updated: Oct 6, 2019

A photographic journey through the winding streets and chaotic markets of Morroco. From the Northern tip of Tangier to as far south as the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Benhaddou, along the ancient caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakesh.


Undoubtedly the most memorable times spent in Morocco were those moments negotiating (in more ways than one) the chaotic markets, alleyways and shops that adorn morocco's towns and cities. Their hustle and bustle makes for a sensory overload.

“In Morocco, before you even get to the matter of the sale, you have to coax the owner to sell.” - Tahir Shah, Travels with myself.

Morocco for me was filled with missed photo opportunities. As a rule for most travel photography, respect and boundaries are always more important than getting the photograph. With a country whose history is founded on trade and barter every photograph has a price. Most of my Moroccan photography therefore is candid moments captured along the way.


Juice makers selling their freshly squeezed produce at the market square Jemaa el-Fnaa in the heart of Marrakesh. The atmosphere that resonates from the Market square of Jemaa el-Fnaa is something that still sticks so vividly in my mind. It is an all encompassing experience of sounds, smells, tastes, and sights.

Old meets new. A street vendor selling dates and other dried fruit.

One of the many busy stalls that together form the bustling market square of Jemaa el-Fnaa, Marrakesh.

Door No19 - A lady disappears through a broken door in the beautiful town of Chefchaouene. Striking colours adorn the walls of the "blue city" in northern Morocco. The bustling streets of this popular destination are best seen in the morning before the many tourist flock to photograph the character rich streets.

A merchant hangs up a carpet for sale outside his small shop on the outskirts of Chefcheouene, Morocco.

Vibrant colours that adorn the streets of Chefchaouene, northern Morocco.

Good friend and writer Glenn Thomas lost in thought on the long train ride between Casablanca and Marrakesh. Traveling for me is just as much about immersing oneself in the culture and beauty of a country, as it is about sharing those experiences with others.

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Morocco! - William


You can see Glenn's blog on our time in Morocco here; The Empty Shop as well as more of my images from Morocco and across the world in my Travel section of my website.

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