Photographer's Note

After H.C. Andersen.

"The Little Match Girl" (Den Lille Pige med Svovlstikkerne) is a fairy tale by Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen about a girl who dies selling matches on a wintry New Year's Eve. It was first published in 1845. The tale has been adapted to various media.

On a cold New Year’s Eve, a poor girl selling matches on the street takes shelter in a nook and lights the matches to warm herself. In their light, she sees several lovely visions including a Christmas tree and a holiday feast. The girl looks skyward, sees a shooting star, and remembers such stars mean someone is dying. As she lights her last match, she sees a vision of her deceased grandmother, the only person to have treated her with love and kindness. The child dies and her grandmother carries her soul to Heaven. The next morning, passers-by find the dead child in the nook, with a smile on her face.

Chefchaouen was founded in 1471 by the Idrissid descendants of the Prophet Mohammed. The town is known for its steep narrow streets with white and indigo lime washed buildings and houses with decorated doorways and red tile roofs.

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