Exotic Morocco

They’re A Lot Like Us


Morocco…I was there for about 3 weeks a few years ago photographing a resort in Marrakech. I was very fortunate to see much more of the country including Casablanca, the Atlas Mountains, and the seaside town of Essaouira. I always shoot the beautiful landscapes and architecture; however, I found the people very fascinating.


Maybe it was their exotic look, the Arabic language, the uniqueness of the environment…or all of the above. Here are a few images of everyday life throughout the country.


Many of the images were taken in Marrakech’s oldest retail market, Jemaa El-Fna, the 1000+ years old market with a labyrinth of alleyways and stalls. You can see and buy anything there – rugs, leather, fabrics, metalworks, food; you name it, it’s there! Including the snake charmers…these guys with the cobras. As I understand it, the snakes live as pets in their houses. Some things I just don’t understand!


They may not look like us, wear the same type of clothes we do, or speak the same language. They may not use advanced machinery in creating things. Their culture and religion may be different than ours. But I realized that the people there are much like you and I. They get up every morning and go to work to feed their families. They interact with their co-workers and enjoy reading the newspapers and drinking Coca-Colas. They go home in the evening and look forward to their days off work…just like us.


Maybe if we looked for the similarities more than the differences in others, we’d all get along better.