Something a lil bit different…
Hi guys and girls,
Hope you’ve all had a fab weekend – the sun was shining for what seems like the first time in ages! Speaking of the sun, I’ve been meaning to put up a few shots from recent times abroad in warmer climes, so presented with a rare free evening, I thought I’d (finally) get on it. This post doesn’t strictly fall under our “Weddings/Portraits/Events” flag – hence the title – but hopefully you will enjoy nonetheless 🙂
August 2010 was a special (and busy!!) month for us as my brother got married – you can see some pics in the gallery sections. The wedding was held in the hot and humid Chennai, India. In between all the shopping, organising and family gatherings I managed to grab a couple of hours to myself to wander the streets, camera in hand. Chennai is massively diverse, with modern and seemingly well-off areas side-by-side with neighbourhoods full of people doing anything they can to provide for themselves and their families. Every person I did bump into however was universally warm and welcoming – despite a few curious and hesitant looks at the sight of the camera!
Our comfortable hotel opened onto a quiet side road. Strolling out I spotted was this seller, clearly enjoying a well earned snooze.
Further along, our side road met with a somewhat busier street. The mix of construction work, traffic, pedestrians and makeshift wheelchairs – moving in any direction – is a common occurrence. The kids walking into the traffic scared me just watching it.
This lady clearly saw me coming!
Heading into the main shopping and market area for this part of Chennai, the road was lined with stalls selling fruit, flowers, bangles, garlands and any type of fancy item – or their own skill and craft – you could think of.
This guy in particular wasn’t averse to having his picture taken!
Clearly a sense of national pride wherever you looked…
… and I couldn’t let this one pass either – check out the umbrella!
If Chennai was busy, then Marrakech (Morocco) is simply manic. An unbelievable and unforgettable mix of souks, people, colours, smells, traditions, and did I mention the souks?! This is a place where everyone is a character and won’t let you pass without a friendly conversation – even when they’re not trying to sell you something!
Breakfasts in Morocco are undeniably delicious – and sweet! The view wasn’t bad either.
A few shots as we strolled the myriad of alleyways and roads on the way to the main square and souks…
The souks and stalls themselves are amazing – you could easily lose yourselves for days browsing, comparing and haggling.
A rare quiet alleyway..
Classic camera gear! No, I didn’t buy anything….
We took a day trip out towards the Atlas Mountains, which included a two hour minibus ride followed by a climb of about the same duration…. we saw this gentleman on the way up…
Marrakech at night is no less lively than it is by day, with the main square overtaken by story tellers, singers, orange juice and fruit/nut sellers, as well as a huge under-cover eatery where each stall serves the same menu at the same prices – regulated by the government. Which makes choosing one a bit random, until we were charmed by one owners’ call of “Diamond Geezer” when he found out we were from England. How could you refuse after that??
This one from the “new” part of Marrakech – we didn’t spend much time here but it could have been plucked from the West End of London.
Some of the amazing lighting opportunities couldn’t be passed up – I can’t leave without a few portraits of Lavinia!
That’s all folks…. thanks for staying til the end!
Until next time,