Before I left for Morocco, people warned me I would be enchanted by its colors.
Colors grow bold in the bright African light. At the end of the darkest alley, you can turn a corner and unexpectedly come upon a treasure chest of jewel-like iridescence, as though the city was a giant kaleidoscope where every turn brings a dazzling new explosion of color.
I was surprised to learn that the dyes used to produce these hues are all extracted from natural materials. But it makes sense, really — there is a strange harmony to this commotion of color. It is not something overpowering — it is an experience of light, color, and emotion that fills me with joy. Now, at last, I know what it means to be truly enchanted by color.
I was impressed by the rich range of reds in Morocco, particularly in the traditional handwoven carpets. The Sigma DP2 Merrill captured them beautifully, with all the delicate gradations and tonalities intact.
A close-up shot of some museum-quality antique Goulimin beads once used by slave traders as currency. (F6.3, ISO200).
Made some 300 years ago, these antique babouche slippers still retain their vibrant color.
In the richness and subtlety of their design, antique textiles have a unique beauty that transcends time.
At a shop selling embroidery thread, the walls were lined with color, and customers discussed the merits of various combinations in animated tones. One shopkeeper said to his assistant, “Anyone can learn to match colors. The real trick is learning how to match colors to your customers.”
The old medina in Marrakech is a festival of color. Even the women out shopping adorn themselves with it.
The city of Chefchaouen in the north of Morocco is known for the unique blue color of its buildings. Here again, the Sigma DP2 Merrill performed brilliantly, capturing the layered tonalities and patina of the ancient walls with faithful accuracy.