The ruins are what is left of an Italian entrepreneur's dream- a grand hotel near the dunes.
Unfortunately like many white Australians here in Australia, he did not consult the local native population, tapping into their knowledge about the land, chosen site and long term weather patterns, BEFORE embarking on a venture in a foreign environment.
So, one day it rained in the Biblical way and the area on which he built the hotel was caught in a devastating flood, causing much damage and worse still , the event was a foreboding sign of the fact that the hotel was being built on the wrong terrain. All things considered, our Italian businessman abandoned the project, leaving it as an interesting subject for photographers.
Well, it is a small world. Luciano sent the following information about this very site and it's a totally different story from the one told to me by the locals.
"A mine classmate who has a restaurant and lives in Essaouira in Morocco are very familiar with the "Mad" that you describe, the truth is that he was cheated by the owner Moroccan soil on which he built the restaurant, which was well aware of the floods but that has not made a point to sell it, this is not the result of the folly of an Italian, but a big scam."
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macjake (66962) 2013-09-20 2:41
is that what really happened here?
is that the true story behind the ruins in the sand?
very cool if thats the case, but not for him I'm sure.
I hope he learned from this mistake.
having the man in white walk by really adds another interesting layer and its funny how you chose to position him directly in the middle :)
the man is probably looking at the ruins and thinking...you dumb ass! haha
SWEETFREEDOM (24615) 2013-09-20 4:11
bellissima composizione con l'uomo vestito in bianco che attraversa il deserto e le rovine sullo sfondo. ottimo contrasto e luci
timecapturer (49288) 2013-09-20 4:31
this is just wonderful! The light and your composition being not only original but so perfectly observed and executed. Clever and irresistible imagery! Love it!
Have a great weekend - Brian.
kasianowak (8719) 2013-09-20 7:05
Wow, this is wonderful! There are so many things to look at in this photo. The colours and light are great and the "model" perfectly placed. The ruins of the hotel don't look out of place in this landscapes although I suspect the completed building would have so maybe it's a good thing it did not survive...
HimalAnda (10659) 2013-09-20 7:07
The golden light is beautiful, and you're right : these ruins make a very subject for photographers!
Nice picture, well done.
aleXundar (1256) 2013-09-20 10:13
It was unfortunate for the hotelier but we are fortunate to watch beautiful photography of an exquisite landscape.
Superb colours and details with the human figure just in proper place of the frame. Great composition.
Sunelly (66) 2013-09-20 11:26
very nice staff and content. The great dune sands and photograph these tones added charm. no longer speak anything about this form of walking on the desert. wonderful job and I envy those views.
Have a great weekend
Klaudia with K
Graal (102562) 2013-09-20 23:35
nice landscape on the desert in Morocco. Good composition with the alone man on FG. Amazing ruins are there. Well done photo, interesting comment in note.
Have a nice WE.
dekanski (5090) 2013-09-21 3:18
jo jedna sjajna fotografija iz Maroke! Zaista dobra. Ja bih moda malo ukrupnio kadar (zumirao), ali i ovako je savreno!
tatadalou (7459) 2013-09-21 13:34
Your picture shows how it's important to learn about the place where we are. I love the play of lights and shadows on the dunes and the building. The white dressed man really adds attractiveness.
PiotrF (16854) 2013-09-21 15:17
Nice landscape on the desert in Morocco. Golden colours is great. Wonderful composition. Colors, contrast are excellent. Very well done.
emka (95029) 2013-09-21 22:37
Hi Klaudio, Interesting story and what a theme for photographers! But it was not that this Italian meant. Now it looks like an antique ruin of the lost city. And I like the view of this man going.
Warm regrads MAlgo
jjcordier (79297) 2013-09-21 23:46
Une image étonnante de cet hôtel abandonné en plein désert, preuve de l'incompétence et de linsouciance de cet entrepreneur.L'homme seul semble contempler le désastre de cette implantation irréfléchie. Bonne composition.
carlo62 (46315) 2013-09-23 23:56
la fantasia degli italiani spesso assomiglia alla pazzia, difficile individuarne i confini.
Foto molto bella, una composizione studiata e realizzata splendidamente.
L'uomo in abiti bianchi da un senso completamente diverso all'immagine.
PS grazie per le belle parole
lousat (89732) 2013-09-24 2:39
Hi Klaudio,I do not know who told you this story, but the truth is very different from what you wrote in note.A mine classmate who has a restaurant and lives in Essaouira in Morocco are very familiar with the "Mad" that you describe, the truth is that he was cheated by the owner moroccan soil on which he built the restaurant, which was well aware of the floods but that has not made a point to sell it, this is not the result of the folly of an Italian, but a big scam.
My best compliments for the fantastic pic,i been there me too and this is one of the most spectacular places in the world to take fantastics landscapes.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
petarl (1303) 2013-09-25 4:50
Lepe boje pustinje, lepse na slici i lakse za uzivanje nego li tamo, na pesku, vetru i suncu. Sjajno uhvacen ovaj beduin. Pitam se samo gde li se zaputio tako, po sred dine? Jednom sam se penjao na pescanu dinu na 40 stepeni, i to mi je bilo dovoljno da shvatim sta je to zapravo i koliko je pustinja surova...
Gigidusud (20825) 2013-09-25 14:59
Beautiful scene on the desert with splendid light and great perspective. Well done!
gervaso (12949) 2013-09-25 16:33
Wonderful view of the desert, with beautiful warm colors and an excellent depth helped by the inclusion of the man in the foreground! An interesting and sad story about the place, but, as you said, at least remains the good subject for photographers!
annjackman (21813) 2013-09-26 3:43
A fascinating note and a wonderful picture. The play of light and shadows is magnificent and highlight the detail of the abandoned hotel. The man crossing the dunes bring some life to the desert landscape.
Excellent - TFS.
Kind Regards, Ann
ChrisJ (112233) 2013-09-28 4:28
I drove past this tourist resort wreck and was wondering about the story behind it, which is made clear in your notes. (Both versions!) Good sharpness and the fg man animated the scene. Wonderful warm cold colour contrasts between the blue sky and yellow red sand. Tfs!
CLODO (33980) 2013-09-28 5:00
a superb light illuminates the scene and the man dressed in white is the cherry on the cake!
Wanda1 (15142) 2013-09-28 22:42
This looks like a scene out of a movie, ruins in the dessert, looking lost and almost with a romantic feel. The man in white is salient against the orange background, and I like the detail of his long shadow. Perfect sharpness and depth throughout, and an interesting note to accompany this lovely image.
siudzi (34141) 2013-09-29 7:54
What an outstanding pic of this exotic and incredibly interesting scene! The focus on a man is perfectly executed and additionally supported by the special lights captured in the center part of the composition. Strong saturation is a key of this work. Excellent result achieved. Well done! TFS.
npecanhuk (74768) 2013-09-29 8:07
Wonderful picture specially for the chosen pov, composition and management of light!
Colors are beautiful too!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your sunday,
InasiaJones (31566) 2013-09-30 12:30
If I was visiting Morocco, this is the kind of photography I would like to make.
I just like the vastitude of the landscape, the beautiful light that make the sand glowing, and of course, this human silhouette dressed in white, standing out prominently from the scene, despite its small size. The ruins in the background adds a layer of interest and lots of depth to your image.
Didi (60588) 2013-10-10 16:55
Wonderful landscape under very goo lights on the sand
Interesting dominant point of view
rigoletto (34279) 2013-10-11 6:49
"oh those italians", "oh those moroccans" or shortly "oh those people"... your story told from both sides is like a courthouse case, who is to blame?
gone is gone, but eventually the caravansarai-like ghostly structure creates a wonderful spot for an original photo. i wish someone told me about the spot before, i'd love to photograph it as well. a pity, to be resolved next time :)
Vasa (515) 2013-11-10 16:50
I ova mi je promakla a nije smela. Kako si ovo dobro snimio Dado. Zamiljam da je čovek ia svojim poslom i da si ga uočio. Čak i da si ga nagovorio da tuda krene samo zbog tebe, pa vredelo je. Ovde dominira terre de Sienne naturelle i ocre jaune. Od njih se moe izvući svakakva slika. Čestitam prijatelju!
sayeed_rahman (6370) 2014-09-14 2:56
hahaha conflicting stories, but hey...story telling is a part of moroccan culture ! Who know they might tell me that the australians left because the locals said that there were Djinns in the house, in the walls, in the water. Aren't they obsessed with the Djinns..
again you have waited for your subject, imperative. You have a lot patience Klaudio !
photography and patience go shoulder to shoulder.