Morocco from the Hip
Photographing in Morocco is not as easy as it seems. People are not very open to having their photos taken, especially any women. This posed a problem from the outset as I take care to frame my photos through the lens and not by cropping them in post-production. It meant quite a lot of the photos had to be shot from the hip, so to speak. I couldn't see exactly what I was photographing, but the skills I had honed from perceiving the final image in advance, so I knew where I had to stand to make a good composition, came in handy. The first couple of days were a bit dodgy as I figured out the angles I had I hold the camera to frame the scene in front of me, but little by little I was able to make adjustments and I began to capture some great shots. If you like them you can purchase some from the shop.
Their Moroccans were welcoming and I enjoyed a number of good times in their company. A conversation I had as I queued for food all came about when I stopped a football as it rolled across the pavement. When I replied I was from Ireland the name of Robbie Keane was mentioned and I ended up sharing a meal with a couple of avid footballs fans, who in turn informed me of some great places to visit. Nothing like meeting the locals to find out some hidden gems to photograph.
I sponsored this exhibition myself which was put on in Boyle Library, Co. Roscommon, who were wonderful in their assistance in getting the exhibition up and running. For the opening I had included a small taste of Morocco with a carpet, some sitting cushions and a few items to help evoke the feelings of the country. I also had served a Moroccan tagine dish which the staff helped by setting up a bain-marie in their back room.