Photographer's Note

In 1978, I went to Morocco with friends. It is a beautiful country with wonderful people. My friends and I had come from the American midwest to the UK, then France, and Spain... but we yearned for somewhere more exotic. We found it in Morocco!
We also found that the "Hash Holiday" seemed to be a favorite among British students at the time. This is kif, or kief, which Wikipedia describes as...
"Kief, keef or kif or keif (sometimes kef) refers to the resin glands (or trichomes) of cannabis which may... be sifted from loose dry cannabis buds with a mesh screen or sieve. Kief contains a much higher concentration of psychoactive cannabinoids, such as THC, than other preparations of cannabis buds from which it is derived. Traditionally kief has been pressed into cakes as hashish for convenience in storage and shipping...
According to the Oxford dictionary the word "kif" derives from Arabic: كيف kayf, meaning well-being or pleasure."
The pipe in the picture is the traditional design with a clay bowl. By custom, the host fills the bowl and lights it, then hands it to a single guest to smoke until it is done; the host will then empty the ashes, load and light it again, and hand it to the next guest, all around the table. The host never gets his own, but lights the pipe for everyone.
Foto was shot on 35mm Ektachrome with a 50mm prime Nikkor 1.4. Looking at the shallow DOF here, I assume the lens was wide open, in the dim interior of my tent. We were camping on the beach at Martil -- I understand the campground, "Camping Martil," is still there. I hope so, anyway!

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