Exploring the Souks (market) of Morocco is a great way to connect with the local people and to experience first hand the tradition of Moroccan buying and selling of a wide range of goods. Moroccan Souks are typically held once a week in each city and region with the “day of the souk” being the best time to purchase fresh vegetables, fruits, preserved lemons, olives, spices, household items, Moroccan jewelry, Music, Toys, Glass ware, Silver, Gold, Clothing, Moroccan carpets and other exciting finds that are carried across the Maghreb from souk to souk.
One however must be courteous when taking photos, most Moroccans do not like to be photographed. This man here doesn’t seem to mind and continue to focus on his task of bundling up the fresh mints for sale. Fresh mints are uses for sweet mint tea.
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romanaa (7984) 2013-08-19 10:45
beautiful daily life shot with a special warm light coming from the side, I love the rich tones of the colours.
rbassin (22487) 2013-08-19 10:48
cette photo est magnifique, la menthe et le vieil homme sont vu sous un bel éclairage donnant une belle couleur aux feuilles.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-08-19 11:04
complimenti per questa eccellente foto, perfetta nella composizione e piacevole sia per il soggetto che per la bella luce che lo illumina.
Ottima la definizione ed anche la presentazione con la cornice bianca che la valorizza.
Ciao e buona serata
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2013-08-19 11:39
like a lot your old man with mint. Excellent composition of the frame. Like the background colour of the wall. Excellent depth and colour tone. May be a bit oversharpened but the overall result is very catchy. Enjoyed your daily life shot... It is too lively. Tfs.
yquem46 (38750) 2013-08-19 11:56
Difficult to shoot portraits or even street scenes in Morocco
The mood is well conveyed here
Excellent quality of course
best regards, have a nice day
m (0) 2013-08-19 12:11
love the light in this photo, so warm and contrasty. Excellent portait with a calm and peaceful feel to it. Must be the mint:))
Love the juicy colors too.
Oh, and I remember a very sweet taste of the Moroccan mint tea and buying avocados at the souk too:)
Thanks and best wishes!
ourania (43510) 2013-08-19 13:06
although the gentleman is not expressing his thoughts and feelings, there's a great sense of intimacy in your photo. You have approached him with respect and included in the frame only what was necessary for a glimpse of the setting and for the scene to be complete. The textures are superb and look meaningful, the lighting is masterful, used with respect too. It's amazing how you have given the ordinary colours a captivating artistic quality. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
adidas5nb (5743) 2013-08-19 19:17
beautiful shot of this old man selling mint.love the moment captured and the elements with great light and colors.
AROBN54 (11475) 2013-08-19 20:14
your portrait's light and texture gives this the quality of an Old Master's painting. The exposure and color are perfect - wonderfully saturated, but not overly so. A not unwelcomed view into this man's daily life. Beautifully done. Many thanks and kind regards.
abmdsudi (52325) 2013-08-19 21:37
This is completely stunning Way, with just the right amount of warm light (the kind of low light I always love) filtering thru' capturing the man who is clearly engrossed in his profession, and by the texture of his face he has seen a lot of life. It's a great everyday subject I love to shoot, a slice of life of excellent pick up on character and cultural value with real interest. Lovely skin tones, details and of course the fresh green mint & brown wall are just the right tones to boost the visual impact. Credit to your skill, it's masterly crafted and a total photographic excellence. My compliments.
jjcordier (79297) 2013-08-19 22:47
Très bonne photo de ce vieux vendeur de menthe fraîche au visage buriné.
fabbs99 (17133) 2013-08-19 23:15
Great shot of the oldman .very well taken.TFS.
carlo62 (45722) 2013-08-20 0:06
un bel ritratto ambientato, con bei colori e ottima qualità.
La figura di questo anziano uomo è molto bella e particolare, come il suo lavoro.
lousat (89112) 2013-08-20 1:41
HI Way,you're a great artist,no doubts! There is a special light into this pic,a very professional work,the example of how to transform a common moroccan daily life scene in a masterwork,i like it!! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
annjackman (21813) 2013-08-20 1:41
It is always a pleaseure to view your pictures. A lovely portrait of this man tying the mint with rich colours and lovely lighting.
Very well done.
Kind Regards, Ann
macjake (66492) 2013-08-20 4:58
always a pleasure to visit your gallery and see whats new.
in this photo, its as if you had an assistant that was shining a light directly onto your subject :) haha
wonderful spot light.
and for me, the green mint leaves are the focal point, as my eyes go directly to them.
interesting cultural photo, well done.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-08-20 5:43
always look forward to your postings. This one is just pure magic. So much exquisite detail and full of sublime character. The light management and quality here are just phenomenal. A masterpiece! I can smell the mint too!
mkamionka (35554) 2013-08-20 5:47
fantastic capture of a man at work. He seems to be very focused indeed. I like the expression on his face. Great exposition, fantastic quality,
Very well done,
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-08-20 5:48
Hello Way - Your note interests me as you say many Moroccan's do not like being photographed. I wonder whether you asked this man's permission or chatted to him before taking the shot. I am always a little nervous about photographing people and I read an article yesterday written by a street photographer who feels it is important to 'connect' with your subject before taking a shot. He strikes up a conversation and only after spending some time chatting does he ask the person if he may photograph them. I like his approach but I am not sure if I have the confidence to emulate his approach. He did say though that people are generally quite open to being photographed if you actually take an interest in them as people rather than only seeing them as photographic subjects. Interesting don't you think?
You portrait is very good showing the elderly gentleman engrossed in his work. The light highlights his hands and the mint and the connection between his eyes and the task at hand creates a good diagonal line in the composition.
Hope all is well and warm regards Rosemary
cornejo (40799) 2013-08-20 6:14
Hi Way, I like this excellent photograph of this beautiful and interesting old man scene tying the clumps of mint, very well captured in this interesting image that looks like a painting, with good sharpness, nice color and light. Excellent and beautiful work well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good night and happy week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
holmertz (50760) 2013-08-20 7:35
You have really managed the light very well. It falls very nicely on the old man's face and hands, and the good sharpness allows us to see every wrinkle of his skin. The bundles of mint have a beautiful dark green tone. I also like the contrast of the brown wall and the blue cloth on his table or bench.
nikkitta (17066) 2013-08-20 15:48
Just read what you answer to Rosemary, quite true, sometimes you don't have time to created a friendly atmosphere and just try to take a photo
This capture is absolutely an art work by the way you manage the light on the mints and man like if there were a king of reflector
Congrats for this work and thanks for the WS, really I enjoyed them
danos (96009) 2013-08-21 1:40
very nice the view as the presentation of the old man as preparing the fresh mind bouquets for selling in one of the Souks of the country.
Excellent the light and the colour management as the clarity of the image.
chawax (20586) 2013-08-21 6:32
A very beautiful portrait ! I love the light and the behaviour of the old man that make the great atmosphere of this composition.
Very well done !
lgir (7293) 2013-08-21 8:16
très belle capture sur ce vielle homme concentré sur son travail.
La lumière est très bien gérée et offre un jolie composition.
Gigidusud (20717) 2013-08-21 9:21
Another great capture of the beautiful daily life scene with splendid light and great neatnees. I like a lot the WS, you are a man with a big heart :)
Cricri (117179) 2013-08-22 2:57
Bel effet de lumière sur les feuilles et le vieux monsieur concentrée par son travail, bon cadrage, détails et couleurs, belle présentation
jhm (150674) 2013-08-23 5:14
Your previous picture was superb, but also these picture is of high quality.
Old people are almost always a very pleasant subject.
Sharpness and clarity make these picture very attractive
Very well composition, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
kwekwekan (1078) 2013-08-24 18:41
A very intimate portrait with lots of subtle details. The picture seems to move from dark to light much like a Rembrandt painting. You have a lot of talent to create that effect in a photo!
Angshu (56750) 2013-08-26 4:13
I saw/read in one of the recent posts of Klaudio (daddo) that Moroccans do not want to be photographed! Quite unlike Turkish people or even Indians...I guess this abhorrence of the Moroccan people come from the 'inanimate object' like feeling one gets when getting shot by a photographer..
Very nice picture of the local who is sorting the mint leaves...the side light on his face works very well
Quality as expected from you...
adores (44807) 2013-09-04 18:15
Another great portrait! Souks are not usually that easy but you got a good shot here - I like the composition with the man preparing the mint. Everything seems on the right place and the light surely makes it perfect.
maloutim (9639) 2013-09-11 16:55
I heard long ago that Muslims don't like having their photograph taken, because they think it takes part of their soul away !
What a lovely portrait of the old man making bunches of fresh mint ! He seems to be eager at his job and very dexterous.
Thank you also for the WS showing your different ways of connecting with the locals.
It reminds me of my time in India, where we had many similar experiences.
mesutilgim (93868) 2013-09-20 11:34
What an amazing portrait of this old man in Fes.
Perfect pov and layout. Nice framing.
TFS and have a nice weekend
tatadalou (7459) 2013-09-27 19:59
As usual, your photo has an excellent framing. What strikes me more ? The light, that underlines the facial features of this old man and the mint. Great textures.
ChrisJ (111504) 2013-09-28 5:58
A superb daily life scene of the old man with his fresh mints. I remember being given a sprig of mint in Marakech so I could not smell the rotting meat at the abattoir and tannery. I also found Moroccans do not like photography of any sort. Even street scenes of inanimate pots, lanterns and clothing at markets. Tfs~
Wanda1 (15140) 2013-10-06 1:59
This impressive image caught my eye some time ago when you had posted it, unfortunately I did not have the time to comment on it then even though I admired it, so I have come back to it now. What strikes me most about this image is the light projected like a spotlight on the man as if he is in a stage play, or like the lighting in a old Dutch masters painting. The colours of red, blue and green are vivid, and I like that the man is engaged in his task and does not look at you. Great sharpness to show us all the fine details of this character and his produce.
Didi (60586) 2013-10-28 8:57
This a very good natural attitude of this old man
Very nice local scene under good lights ambiance
daddo (26528) 2013-11-07 18:27
hi Way. A little corner where life goes on and an ordinary man is trying to earn enough on which to live. No newsworthy story here, but just as noble.Splendid light, excellent details and composition. Regards. Klaudio.
pajaran (59021) 2014-01-04 23:18
Interesantan tekst o pijaci, sa opisom robe koja se prodaje ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazan stari prodavac na pijaci, lepe boje.
Dobar rad sa lepim fotografijama u radionici.
Godine se brzo prosle, stigla je starost.
An interesting article on the market, with a description of the goods to be sold ...
Good time recording and contrast nicely demonstrated the old vendor at the market, beautiful colors.
Good work with the beautiful photographs in the workshop.
The years passed quickly, arrived age.
All the best.
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4814) 2014-03-23 18:22
I really liked how the colours are vividly exposed in this frame and the nice natural lighting behind the man. Lucky you, he didn't mind at all. It seems that you used flash for this one, I guess that's impossible? Lucky lighting for you man. Wonderful image!!!