‘Fes - Bab Mahrouk & market’
I’ve just returned from a wonderful trip to Morocco. Back home I searched on TE which pictures have been posted lately so I wouldn’t post one with exactly the same view. A little surprising I found a very beautiful old picture of Bab Mahrouk in Fes el Bali, uploaded very recently while I was in Morocco.
The photo I’m referring to is posted by Roger Godet (rodgerg) and is named ‘Fes 1973’. It’s an amazing testimony of a bygone era, very atmospheric, showing the daily life in combination with the beautiful architecture of the city gate Bab Mahrouk, the walls and a minaret.
When I saw this photo I looked immediately at the pictures I’ve taken there a few days ago at an almost same POV.
There are several differences between the picture of Roger of 1973 and mine.
Today the city gate has been restored, the site has been leveled and paved. More people have exchanged their djellaba with western clothes and what you might not see on the picture but I do know, is that besides food now more contemporary ‘western’ products are sold. Also today a lot of parabolic antennas can be seen.
But the market is still there in front of the magnificent city gate Bab Mahrouk, a market visited by habitants of Fes and not by foreign tourists, a market where you can buy everything needed in the everyday household of a Moroccon family and not a market with items for tourists.
There’s still the wonderful view of the city gate, the town walls, the fortress Borj Nord and the minaret of a mosque behind the walls in the medina.
I’ve posted two photos taken on different days. One shows also the Borj Nord left behind the Bab Mahrouk and on the other one you can see the same minaret as on Rogers picture. I couldn’t decide which one of both photos would be better as the main picture.
Despite the changes, I think (maybe my very personal idea that is not shared by all) that even today the atmosphere is still very typical Moroccan, with a busy but cozy ambience, somewhat oriental and one of the reasons to visit a town like Fes.
I absolutely admit that Rogers ‘Fez 1973’ has a lot of charm, expresses some nostaligia (especially for fans of Morocco) and suggests that his trip in 1973 must have been a real EXCITING one.
From http://archnet.org/library/sites/one-site.jsp?site_id=15325 :
Bab Mahrouk is a monumental gate located within the ramparts of Fez al-Bali. It was built by the fourth Almohad Caliph, Mohammed en-Nasir (reg. 1199-1214) in the twelfth century, after the destruction of the original Almoravid ramparts and gate. The gate's name, Bab Mahrouk, means "gate of the burnt," and was coined after the hanging and burning of a rebel fighter on the very day that the gate was finished. Throughout its history, the gate has been associated with macabre practices. The former Almoravid gateway, Bab ech-Chari'a, or Gate of the Oratory, was likewise named; there, rebels were beheaded and their heads suspended for public viewing. It was also the location where the accused were tortured.
When the use of an execution platoon was initiated (nineteenth/twentieth century), the execution area was accordingly placed near Bab Mahrouk. The local expression, still circulating in the twentieth century, "Cut off my head and hang it in Bab Mahrouk," provides evidence that the gate's ancient auxiliary function is still present in the local collective imagination.
Bab Mahrouk is located east of the Qasbah Cherarda, and faces the Fez-Rabat road to the north and the Qasbah Filala to the east. It is oriented to the northwest, within the fortifications of Fez al-Bali. The gateway is located on the western wall of a massive canted bastion, approximately 16 m wide by 20 m long. The opening is in the shape of a horseshoe arch within a rectangular frame in the wall.
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ciakgiak (30433) 2011-04-25 10:20
non ho avuto modo di vedere la foto postata dal caro Roger, mi soffermo sulla tua che è molto bella per lo splendore del posto, e molto ben composta grazie al tuo eccellente occhio. Perfetta la collocazione dell'uomo sulle destra, molto attraenti i colori degli ombrelloni e grande qualità. Complimenti.
Un caro saluto.
leo61 (0) 2011-04-25 11:52
Good shot of this gate,well composed with this man/woman in the foreground.
francio64 (39888) 2011-04-25 13:04
tanta luce e bei colori per questa bella immagine dal Marocco dove architettura e vita quotidiana, si uniscono bene.
ilDottore (5252) 2011-04-25 14:46
Fes is the place, I definitely would like to see.
Unfortunately, in current political climate in Maghreb, I just afraid to go there.
maybe some day...
Wonderful picture with plenty of local details: architecture, clothes, lifestyle.
Just slightly different world.
Greetings from Dublin!
Charo (51212) 2011-04-25 15:09
Magnificent view of the entrance to the city with the market on its doorstep.
Very beautiful the rchitecture with beautiful details.
Excellent light, color and detail. An image with good dynamic.
macjake (71053) 2011-04-25 19:42
I can see the interest and reason why you would want to shoot this scene.
full of color, activity, and culture.
lovely architecture of old, and a net mix with the numerous satelite dishes!!
love the colors of the sun shades.
have a great day
RhodieIke (11744) 2011-04-25 21:45
Hi Paul, Great photo of this scene in Morocco, super colours, against the fantastic old gateway and wall, Man and shoes adds interested. Am going to Morocco first time at end May, Cheers Iain.
rodgerg (55767) 2011-04-26 3:06
Dag best Paul,
Ik ken deze plaats! .)
zeer mooi beelt met een POV goed gekozen met de persoon in de FG op de rechterkant. Foto rijk in kleuren, in details. De mooie architectuur van de Bab Mahrouk betreft in de BG. Niet veel veranderingen.
Grote bedankt voor het comentaar van mijn foto.
jhm (157878) 2011-04-26 3:21
Een marktplaats wel een beetje anders dan hier in België.
Als westerling moet men vermoedelijk even wennen.
Zeer goede kwaliteits foto, zowel van scherpte als van kleur.
Mooi foto werk, bedankt.
Atousa (7131) 2011-04-27 3:32
A very nice shot with great composition.. I really like the inclusion of the seller in the FG.. fine details n colors.. very well captured.. thanks for the WS photo n the informative note as well.
Best regards, Atousa
adramad (48400) 2011-04-27 13:05
Sensational beautiful composition you've made this wonderful door and wall, the colorful market gives much life to the image.
I like the image of the person sitting back in the foreground, with the collection of sandals, I think it must be the entrance to a mosque.
Fantastic, both color and good management of light, good sharpness also be appreciated.
Hansaphotos (8471) 2011-04-28 9:15
A very nice picture from this interesting place. In your interesting write up you are giving us a good a good insight in the history of the site. The man in the foreground is well placed in the frame, and even the gate is slightly off-centered. Love the colourful crowd outside the ancient walls. Thanks for sharing. Very well done!
Best regards, Erling
fabianoleite (11971) 2011-04-30 10:32
Wonderful castle. the colors of the tents look great, creating good contrast. the man sitting on the foreground gives a good dimension to the picture, as well, also complementing the cultural information with his costume. Congratulations, very good work!
resat1972 (7576) 2011-04-30 11:16
A beautiful landscape
the life of the desert very well told
beautiful colors and composition
yedirenk (11244) 2011-04-30 15:01
a great daily life shot.superb effect with old castle and golden light.eye catcher framing..also light and sharpness are perfect.great presentation.TFS
zoomer (6) 2011-04-30 17:17
Very intriguing and beautiful scene.Vibrant colors and fine details,you maintained the textures of the stone plaza wonderfully.Best regards Wolf.
jmdias (67187) 2011-04-30 18:20
yes, I saw the other old image from 1973 too.here I liekd the light that made everything more visible and sharp. good architecture shot mixed with the daily life. I intend to visit this place in few months. when I wanted to visit colombia everybody told me to avoid that, because it was dangerous. It is the same now about morocco. my problem is I don't speak french or arabian.
nice image, full of beauty
lousat (95888) 2011-05-01 1:26
Hi Paul,what a beautiful large perspective from Fes! A colorfull composition taken in the best moment whit the best light,very impressive sharpness,details and scenary!Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano
bukitgolfb301 (44253) 2011-05-01 4:03
Hi my dear Paul
Very impressive and artistic shot! Perfect combination! A wonderful presentation by reasonable framework, so deep sharp in the detail and vivid tasteful color tone. Thanks for your sharing finest work and have a good Sunday evening!
Takero from Spring rainy Tokyo
tober (8797) 2011-05-01 4:58
Hi Paul, very nice photo of this atmospheric and exotic place from a good vantage point. From my perspective, there are three main components in his composition: Lonely man sitting in front, chaotic crowd at the distance and the lonely eagle sailing over the souks of Fes. Congratulations, Tolga
paololg (31448) 2011-05-01 13:43
Yes, dear Paul, I have seen the old photo of our friend Roger, it changes the people, change the sold objects, surely more modern, but, as you write in the notes, the market is still there, splendid testimony of Moroccan life. You have posted two very beautiful, pleasant and interesting photos, characterized by an excellent photographic quality. Congratulations!
Ciao, have a nice week!
patdeph (35748) 2011-05-02 12:19
I remember to have been fascinated by the beauty of this town,a few years ago,and I find again all its magic in your picture.The light,the colors,the animation,the splendid architecture ,the way you have framed with the large place on the foreground and the man sat here,give a strong impact to the picture.
Longroute (19396) 2011-05-03 6:24
Wonderful place and wonderful picture!
So colourful and with so many points of interest like the ancient walls, the market, etc, and that sitting man is set just in the right place.
Very well captured and composed.
Schnappilic (9692) 2011-05-05 13:00
Fine framing with good composition and light, natural colours. TFS this special place!
AiresSantos (56155) 2011-05-06 13:34
Wonderful view of Bab Mahrouk & market
Excellent contrast and sharpness
Have a nice weekend
ruisc_pt (11090) 2011-05-06 14:44
Simply marvellous Paul
Wonderful POv and deepness.
s_lush (16600) 2011-05-06 21:12
This sunny, very colorful and high-quality picture shows daily life and historic architecture of such a picturesque and interesting Moroccan city, as Fes, perfectly well. The composition, management of light and colors, photographic qualities and your commentaries in the note are absolutely excellent. Very good job!
paura (47186) 2011-05-08 4:58
Mais do que uma bonita cena do dia-a-dia, o enorme castelo ao fundo acrescenta um excelente elemento visual. Linda fotografia.
pablominto (53746) 2011-05-08 22:36
An impressive city wall and gate!
I assume a fortification like this had its effect on possible enemies too, back then...
And today the square in front of the gate serves as marketplace of the farmers in the area!
A good documentary, and the fine light renders appealing colours...
BennyV (19693) 2011-05-11 7:45
Prachtig zicht op de stadspoort onder die felle blauwe lucht. De positie van de zittende man is de 'finishing touch' in de compositie.
dta (81076) 2011-05-11 8:07
Salut Paul ,
Superbe présentation de la porte de la medina . L'homme et ses paires de chaussures au premier plan est un élément excellent de la composition .
Qu'il est intéressant de comparer cette image avec celle de Roger ! La place pavée est belle et sûrement plus pratique . Mais l'atmosphère n'est plus la même .
Fis2 (103914) 2011-05-12 14:22
I like frame, colors and light.
Angshu (56760) 2011-05-15 21:41
Very, very interesting! Not only your Ws, but also the chance to compare with Roger's photo taken 37 years back! Your WS, not only offers a slightly different view, but also features good light which brings out the golden tones on the wall. The walls have been well restored & the man in the FG sitting with the cloth on his head (guess to avoid the sun) pivots the picture well. This is a not only a good picture, but tother with your fine notes, is an excellent TE package!
mkamionka (39531) 2011-06-07 1:48
I like your Morocco shots very much. You have well incorporated people into your compostitions. They add a lot of interest to otherwise just picture-perfect photographs. Beautiful place, very well presented. Everything seems to be well thought through. I admire also the perfect exposure without any burnout which is so difficult under the strong sunlight.
danos (101784) 2011-08-29 1:46
nice the panoramic view of the open and colourful air market in Fes,with the man to look it from almost the same POV as yours.I like the vivid colours,the brilliant light as the coming smell of my beloved Morocco.
Have a good week,Danos
baddori (20159) 2011-08-29 12:19
Bellissima galleria, molto curata .
Questa foto attira la mia attenzione ...come in un film..
Senza parabole sembra che il tempo si sia fermato.
Grazie per la condivisione
fabbs99 (17175) 2012-08-30 20:34
Nice image paul with good sharpness and contrast.
COSTANTINO (68182) 2013-01-30 4:04
I visited your gallery and I liked this one
shot full of lightness with traditional
details,this capture helps everybody
to travel all over the world and
have a nice evening
- Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) (31173)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-04-17
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2011-04-25 9:34
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