A short drive out of Marrakech and into the High Atlas Mountains brings you to a town called Asni. The Berber people hold a temporary market once a week where they bring their wares to sell. The day we were there it was early December and very cold. It had been raining heavily and the streets of the market were under two or three inches of mud. Along the back of the market runs an alleyway made up of small huts which sell meals cooked in the typical terracotta tangines and the tea houses serve piping hot and heavily sweetened mint tea. This berber gentleman was enjoying a quite cigarette in the back of one such tea house, sipping his tea as the light poured in through the open wooden shuttered window.
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yquem46 (38750) 2013-01-11 12:54
A nice one Kathryn
I like the expressive attitude of the man, his shadow on the wall and the light in transparency in its glass of golden tea
Bravo, have a nice WE
ACL1978 (7511) 2013-01-11 14:21
A really classic portrait, Kathryn, almost Vermeer-like in its subject, framing, and light. The tea glows nicely in the light, while the tone of his coat is really beautiful. Thanks!
tyro (22940) 2013-01-11 14:41
A very interesting note and a very fine photograph to illustrate it. Actually, I might have guessed that this fellow enjoyed sugar in his tea - like most people who take a lot of sugar, he's spilled lots of it on the table!
But what a fine portrait - again on account of the lovely light streaming in the window which has brought out his features and the features of his clothing perfectly.
Lovely colours, fine lighting, perfect exposure (in difficult conditions) and exquisite detail and sharpness.
P.S. Have a Wonderful 2013!
bukitgolfb301 (38496) 2013-01-11 16:56
Hello dear Kathryn
I know you visited at Morocco so waitng for your work there anxiously. Ya This is a great shot to meet with my expectation at all. Greatest color and light usage! His a little tired expression and pose are so significant. Thnaks a lot and have a good weekend!
Takero from Tokyo
emka (89253) 2013-01-11 23:18
You were not lucky there with a weather. But then a reward when sitting in a warm tea house , sipping tea and observing local people. nice portrait of this Berber man. usually mint tea is good for hot weather, I see that it serves well also when cold.
brianmcc (6219) 2013-01-12 2:07
this is a lovely informal portrait. the light is fantastic illuminating the room and one side of the man's face. the resulting mood and atmopshere is superb.
have a lovely weekend,
Royaldevon (34655) 2013-01-12 2:35
Your information paints a picture of muddy mayhem but the shot, of warm contemplation, creates a completely different mood. I love how the colours subtly blend into each other. The light and the shadows work in complete harmony giving us a soft impression of the fabrics.
Have a lovely w/e,
papera (14184) 2013-01-12 2:42
it's interesting how the light comes from the left and the man's eyes follow that trajectory, looking into the right, into the shadow. we read the photo form left to right, guided by the natural light.
I like the quiet atmosphere here, enhanced by the very harmonious colours, a whole palette of warm tones which soothe the eye of the viewer.
I remember reaching Marrakech on a hot day in May, after a cold stop in a village on the mountains, and being hit by the noise of the traffic... no signs here of that of course :)
have a nice weekend,
snunney (92440) 2013-01-12 2:58
I really envy people who can take portraits like this, I am just too timid to ask complete strangers if I can take their picture. This is an excellent capture, nicely lit and with a superb mood to it. My compliments to you and have a good weekend.
marabu61 (9943) 2013-01-12 5:47
a very intimate and informal portrait, perfectly executed in a gorgeous light and superbly framed with the glass of tea on the table as a good acessoire. The face of the man is nicely lit in half shadow, giving him some privacy.
Truly the work of a great portraitist.
have a good weekend
Noel_Byrne (28158) 2013-01-12 7:38
The light on the tea is a real eye catcher, as is the light that illuminates half of the gentleman and throwing that intriguing shadow. I have never tasted mint tea, and I would have preesumed incorrectly that it would be green. I learn something every day on this site :)
A very beautiful portrait shot with greats light and colour. Thanks for sharing.
All the best
willperrett (8943) 2013-01-12 14:54
Great portrait, with the complementary colours and framing spot-on. I'm always intrigued by the process by which such photographs are made. I love street photography, and candid portraits, but I find it hard to get the bottle to take them. Did you ask permission or just point and shoot? He obviously knew what you were doing, but isn't posing with a polite smile. Great work.
Nicou (133302) 2013-01-12 21:25
Un bon verre de thé une bonne poses quel portrait de cet homme dans des tons chauds superbe captage et ocmpo très intime et chaud
Bravo et amitié
CLODO (32958) 2013-01-14 1:47
I like the soft light which illuminates the scene, and this man is quietly sipping his tea. Great work on the matching colors. Apparently, he is aware of your camera presence.
Waylim (25442) 2013-06-10 15:30
Excellent shot, What I really love here is the warm colors and the play of light and shadow with fantastic contrast. I also like the sense of solitude showing only this one man in his own corner, and his expression seem to be on his own world.