Here are a few of my favourite shots from past trips I've shot over the years. Each photo tells a unique story and has a special place in my heart
I will be returning to Morocco to run my second photography workshop. This time the trip will be split between the city of Marrakech and the tranquil village of Imlil, nestled in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains. There will be something different to photograph everyday: from ancient palaces and secret alleyways to snake charmers and travelling musicians to the panorama of the mountains. I look forward to seeing all your images.
For the first three days we will be staying in the old Medina of Marrakech where we will explore the labyrinth of souks, visit some of the historic palaces, tombs and famous gardens while absorbing the sights, sounds and smells of this magical city. From the hustle and bustle of old Marrakech we will travel to the peace and calm of countryside. We will spend a day, or longer, trekking in the mountains, yet there will be ample time to saunter around Imil and get to know the village. In April, the cherry trees will be in full flower, the apple blossom will be about to open yet the peaks will still be capped with snow.
Friday 14 to Thursday 20 April 2023
Seven days and six nights.
Where you’ll stay
Marrakech - 14/15/16 April - Three nights at the Riad Dar Sara in the hub of the old city: https://marrakech-riads.com/hostel_room/dar-sara/
IMLIL - 17/18/19 April - Three nights at Dar Imlil with views of Jebel Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa: https://www.dar-imlil.com
The price includes
Photographic tuition, accommodation and breakfast, 5 evening meals and one lunch, entrance charges, transport during the workshop and transfers to and from the airport.
You will need to book your own flights to Marrakech.
This is mandatory for the trip. You will need to arrange your own personal/travel and photographic equipment insurance for the week.
We will be walking a lot with cameras through out the trip and our day in the Atlas Mountains will involve a certain amount of hill trekking at a high altitude so you need to be relatively fit.
You will be met by taxi at Marrakech Airport and I will be at the Riad Dar Sara to meet you. It’s a friendly, traditional Moroccan Riad and we will be having dinner there on the first evening. There will be time to unpack and settle in before we meander through the narrow lanes to the Bahia Palace with its famous marbled courtyard and amazing floor to ceiling decorations. Then we go to the Jemaa el Fna to watch the light fade over the square as it gradually transforms and comes to life with street performers: acrobats, jugglers, musicians, storytellers and chefs arriving to set up their night time stalls for the evening visitors.
After a leisurely breakfast we will visit the Anima Garden, 28 km outside of Marrakech. This magical garden, created by the Austrian artist André Heller, is a botanical stage set for placing colourful artworks amongst the bamboos, cacti, palms, exotic flowers and herbs. Early evening we will visit Dar Cherifa, an ancient townhouse in the heart of the medina. Parts of it date back to 16th century and it has been carefully restored, revealing the original carved beams and stucco work. There will be time to explore this riad before we have our supper in their central courtyard
An early start, before breakfast, to explore the city as it begins to wake up and the traders arrive to set up for the day. Later in the morning we will go to the Ben Youssef Medersa, Koranic learning centre founded six centuries ago. This workshop would not be complete without a trip to the nearby Maison de la Photographie, which houses a collection of vintage Moroccan photos dating from 1870 to 1950s. The afternoon is free to relax, take more pictures or edit those you have already taken. In the evening we will all meet up to review pictures before going out to supper
The Musée des Confluence is a beautiful old palace with cedar ceilings, painted wooden doors, geometric tiling and elaborate plaster work. It now houses an exhibition exploring how eastern and western cultures have merged together continuously. From there we will go to a traditional riad that has been thoughtfully restored and is now home to the Musée de Mouassine In the early afternoon, we will leave the hubbub of Marrakech and drive to Imlil, a small mountain village surrounded by walnut and fruit trees. For the rest of the trip, we will be staying at the Riad Dar Imlil, a luxury guesthouse near the river. We will be having dinner there every evening. There will be time for a short walk around the village with its breathtaking views of Jbel Toubkal, the highest peak in The Atlas Mountains.
Pack a reliable pair of walking boots and a warm, windproof jacket, as most of the day we will be out, trekking in the mountains with our guide and it can get quite chilly. There will be plenty opportunities to stop and take pictures and we will break for lunch, which is included. By the end of March the cherry blossom should be in full bloom and the trees will be just about coming into leaf. In the evening we will review the pictures you have taken throughout the day.
There will be an opportunity to go on a two hour trek in the morning and still have plenty of time to spend photographing in and around Imlil and capture the essence of the essence of village and some of the details that you might have missed on the first afternoon.
In the morning, your flights permitting, we’ll have a look at all your favourite images taken during the week, before heading off to Marrakech airport and home with a camera full of wonderful photographs and a head full of memories. The itinerary may be subject to alteration. I have factored in plenty of free time and we may also be able to return to previous locations if people wish.