Away from the tourist trail, landscapes, portraiture, coastline and street photography: a mixed photography tour Morocco style
SUBJECTS COVERED DURING THE WEEK
* Wild coastline with fisherman’s huts and small boats
* Small fishing communities
* Street photography with a medina wall backdrop
* Astro Photography with foreground rock formations
* Environmental portraits of villagers
* Out-of-this-world rock formations
* Desert town Camel market
* Guedra dance, folklore from the desert south
For a photography tour Morocco entices the senses. Over seven nights covering otherworldly landscapes of desert boulders and rock formations with street photography and portrait opportunities, the kind of mix to fully engage you. A route taken south of Agadir begins in Tiznit, a non-touristic small town, where a 360-degree medina wall offers a backdrop to superb morning light and shade street photographic opportunities. We’ll base ourselves here for three nights in a good quality Riad, travelling out each day to photograph the coastline and fishermen or the mountain villages and communities.
Our second base is Tafraoute where we’ll spend two nights for landscape rock formations during the day as well as at night for astrophotography. Timed for the new moon, the valleys of Tafraoute and traditional buildings offer foreground interest for wide vistas, both for early morning photography and Astro in the evening. The light population is minimal in this area.
From Tafraoute we venture through Amtoudi, to photograph an Agadir, (grain store) built centuries ago, heading on to the desert at Guelmim where the culture shifts. Here we’ll arrange a Sahrawi dance rarely seen outside the Moroccan community, for you to exclusively photograph. More here on the Guedra, Guelmim is also home to a unique camel market for reportage shooting. Driving to the coast, Sidi Ifni, the former Spanish protectorate, has a special ambience of Spanish colonial architecture and you’ll spend an hour here before continuing to the coastline landscapes. Your final day is in Essaouira photographing artisanal workers and the historical port.
A tour note: Some of these locations are known only to locals so in the following I’ve not referred to them by name.
Arrival/Collection from Marrakesh airport travelling to Tiznit. Sunset at Aglou beach photographing the fisherman’s caves. Overnight Tiznit.
Morning street photography around the medina walls. After lunch in Tiznit centre in the markets making portraits. Overnight Tiznit.
Photographing the fisherman and small fishing community. Travel to Tafraoute via a scenic route stopping for family photography in stone-built villages. Night Photography. Overnight Tafraoute.
Morning rock formations in Tafraoute followed by an afternoon circular tour of the unique mountain rocks on the road to Tata. Night Photography. Overnight Tafratoue.
Family photos in Tafraoute before setting off to Guelmim via Amtoudi and the spectacular Agadir there. Evening Guedra dance. Overnight Guelmim.
Morning camel market and souk. A village for family photos then onto Sidi Infi, Beaches. Overnight Tiznit.
Travel to Marrakesh for late afternoon in the medina.
Departure to the airport and end of your Photography tour Morocco.