This shot was made in the Medina, ie the old town of Marrakech in a place called the "Ben Youssef Medersa". This used to be the place where muslim students came to improve their knowledge of the Coran.
The place by itself is of wonderful Arabo-andalus style after the Civilization which settled in the whole Maghreb and the south part of the Iberic peninsula. Built in the XIV century, it is the biggest "Medersa" of the whole Maghreb.
In fact, the basic pattern of this kind of building is the following :
- the lower part is made of "zelliges" with a geometric pattern,
- the middle part is made of a finely sculpted kind of stucco with vegetal forms,
- the upper part is made of engraved wood.
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KatherineEmma (49) 2006-11-12 16:47
What an interesting place. Strong composition but I'm intrigued by the patterns on the far wall and wish we could get a better look at them. Do you have any closeups of the wall?
amaryllis (37039) 2006-11-12 16:54
bonjour et belle photo avec une belle architecture et de belles couleus et merci pour le note explicative
lasscor (7640) 2006-11-12 17:01
Wonderful architecture composition.
Wonderful pov, colors, light and sharpness.
I like much the green mosaic on the wall.
elifpetan (1204) 2006-11-12 17:45
Beautiful atmosphere. Nice colours.
jjcordier (79297) 2006-11-13 2:00
Une composition classique mais bien adaptée à ce bel endroit et ces motifs assez géométriques de la décoration.J'aime bien la composition à "deux étages", le bas très décoré où la couleur verte domine et le haut marron, plus sobre.
Framboisilla (5277) 2006-11-13 2:15
J'aime beaucoup cet endroit, je crois que c'est de mes préférés à Marrakech ! Une multitude de couleurs, une architecture très minutieuse et symétrique. Tu as joué là-dessus justement !
jinju (14265) 2006-11-13 5:57
Morocco is a dream of mind. I think for anyone who loves beautoful places its one of the top destinations. The interior here is great, especially the geometric power of the lines and the details on the walls. You buolt a very symmetric composition based on the strong geometry the pool and the door provide together and threw a bit of a monley wrench into it with the offcenter standing man, Really the only way this could be impoved was beyond your control, but if the sitting people were more symmetrically positioned that would give it a bit more oomph. But, as I said, thats not up to you (unless you got there early and moved that chair on the right closer to the door LOL)
sebcz (2345) 2006-11-13 5:59
I like the central composition here. The note and photo very informative. TFS,
Albrecht (11281) 2006-11-13 14:07
A beautiful building;very sharp and interesting picture.
guaranine (0) 2006-11-13 17:45
great details, i think that the symmetrical look would go over better if it were perfectly symmetrical, in other words, get rid of the people. i know thats often times very hard to do in public places.
rbcy1974 (20758) 2006-11-13 17:57
Tres jolie vue
j'aime bien la geometry present dans cete scene, une image tres balance. Comment as tu fait pour faire que tout l'nsemble soit proportione et sans distoritions.
m_s_s (1687) 2006-11-17 5:59
decent shot, well place of subjcets. nice colours and compo. well done.
stego (24132) 2007-01-06 19:30
Excuse moi pour être paresseux et ne pas écrire en français - je le comprend très bien, mais il est plus facil pour moi écrire en Anglais.
Very nice capture of this wonderful place. Excelent pov, sharpness and colors.
I wonder if I am jealous of you only because you have a wider angle than me or also because of your photographic talents :D. I have been there last Summer and I post my better photo to TE, but it pales compared to this one.
travel-mirko (258) 2007-02-11 12:07
This is a great shot in my eyes. the composition with the water basin in front is good, colors are nice and the sharpness is good as well. the details on the walls and doors are amazing. will be there in april this year. looking forward to it...
daddo (27628) 2007-04-23 20:36
Hi Steven. How admirable is the human spirit when its devotes itself to beauty. This is a superb building and your composition and notes bring it to life for those of us who are not lucky to see it. Lovely balance to your composition and wonderful light. Regards. Klaudio.
- Copyright: Steven Le Vourc'h (Curioso) (9271)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-06-18
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon 17-40/4L USM, Digital RAW, Hama UV 77 mm
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: FEW DAYS IN MOROCCO
- Theme(s): Morocco [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-11-12 16:42