Monday, August 31, 2009

Morocco Through a Plastic Lens

It's August 31. Summer is officially over. I thought I'd mark this grim and sad day with a blog photo update. I'm sad to report that I did not shoot half as much as I wanted to these past few months. Life has been extremely busy, as usual, and money for film has been practically non-existent. I blame the bulk of my money woes to an AWEsome trip that I was able to take in July to Northern Africa. My boyfriend, Nathan Watkins, is an extremely talented photographer with a passion for travel and helping those in need. He spent his summer in Morocco working and doing photos for Friends of the Rif , an amazing organization that helps provide homes for villagers displaced by a massive earthquake that hit the area in 2004. He invited me to come out for a few weeks to see Morocco and take part in the work he was doing there. I was super stoked, to say the least. The trip was incredible and totally surpassed my expectations. I can honestly say I fell in love with the people and culture there.
I brought along a bunch of cameras with me. They also seemed to take quite a liking to Morocco. Here's a few of my favorites, taken mostly with my Land Cameras and my trusty old Holga:







Polaroid Land Camera 440, expired 689, outside Fes, Morocco.

Polaroid Land Camera, expired ID-UV from '08, Chechaouen, Morocco.

Polaroid Land Camera 440, expired 689, outside Al Hocima, Morocco.

Polaroid Land Camera 440, expired 689, outside Fes, Morocco.

Polaroid Countdown 70, Fuji 100B, in the Fes marketplace, Morocco.

Polaroid Land Camera, expired ID-UV from '08, Chechaouen, Morocco.

These photographs don't do the country justice. I offer them merely as an unique and somewhat different look into Morocco, through cheap plastic lenses and vintage old cameras. I can not wait to go back...next time with plenty of more film!

Photography wise, I have a few outings planned for September. It has been far too long since I've been to the Salton Sea and I've been itching to explore more of the Joshua Tree area. Ironically, now that summer is over I'll have more time to go shooting and exploring. I promise to keep posting and to keep this updated.

3 comments:

Nathan said...

LOVE it. You write so well, thanks for sharing with us your experience in Morocco. Wanna go back soon???

Jo Bradford said...

There are some beauties toshow for your Morrocco trip!! Love some of those colours too

TheShoeGirl said...

Rad photos... my Dad is from Fes!