A day in Marrakech - Morocco Part I

In October last year, Sarah, Nizaad, Twig and I embarked on a mini trip to Morocco! We all met several years ago via Flickr and have since become close friends. Travelling with other photographers is always good fun! No one complains when we frequently stop to take photos, taking self portraits becomes the norm and venturing out early mornings and evenings for that golden light is just common sense! Sarah sorted out the trip itinerary for us and I helped out with organising the accommodations. 

We began our trip in Marrakech, a city I've been in twice now and whose many winding streets find new ways to charm and entice me. We arrived late in the night and were driven to our stay for the next couple of nights, the magical and majestic Riad Papillon. I know that we would all recommend booking a stay here if you're ever in Marrakech! They lent us a phone incase we got tremendously lost and even had their own app which made getting around Marrakech super easy as it used the phone's GPS. The service and aesthetic of this tucked away oasis was above par and honestly made our stay in the city truly very special!

I love the colours Morocco offers, earthy tones offset with metals and soft textures. We had one full day and didn't want to waste a minute of it! We wandered through the treasure laden souks buying trinkets and happily losing our way several times down it's many little paths, visited Maison de la Photographie, a gallery with a selection of truly captivating photos dating back to a time far before 1800s and finished the day watching the sun set over Jemaa el Fna, a square filled with life and activity. I remember the stalls and snake charmers from before, however their latest tourist attraction broke my heart, monkeys and chimpanzees chained to the owners, goaded to react for passing tourists. A sad and sickening sight. Later that night exhausted from the assault of heat, new sights, and sounds, we made our way to Henna Cafe where we got our hands and feet painted, supporting a wonderful charity and leaving feeling like princesses.   

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Bella Kotak

Bella Kotak is a fine art and fashion photographer currently based in Oxford & London, England. An art lover from a young age she always knew that she would work within the creative industry. Photography changed her life when she picked up a camera and began a 365 project. From that moment she was hooked by this medium that translates thoughts and imagination into tangible form and has since been featured in several magazines around the world.