Photographer's Note

I have traveled to many other parts of Morocco apart from Casablanca in case you are thinking that I was stranded at the grand mosque. However, I did visit the Hassan the Second Mosque several times in the three days spent in the city and I manged to see it and the people there at various times of the day. The Moroccans here were the least hostile to my taking photos, whereas once we left Casablanca and hit the country roads, the often repeated expression was, "No photo!"

I do understand the reasons for such outbursts since tourists, especially in a group, are merciless in clicking at anything and anyone that moves, sits, eats, laughs, cries... I had to remind my traveling companions on a few occasions when a few of them got incensed at the angry response they got from someone within their viewfinder,to think how they would feel if fifteen cameras were pointed at them when they were on their way to the market on a hot day,riding an overloaded donkey with the prospect of earning only a pittance for all the hard work on the land.

For the tourists the everyday struggles they saw around them might have been quaint or reminiscent of the lives their fathers or grandfathers once lived, but for the Moroccan peasant the camera was an intrusion.
Having said all of the above, Morocco with its people is unique and most photogenic and often the only solution was to use a zoom lens without prying too much into the people's lives.
There is another, logical way and that is to approach the individuals for a photo, but I found that method in general to be unproductive even when our guide acted as an intermediary.
The Moroccans are a proud people and unless the increasing presence of large numbers of tourists (since Egypt has become unsafe)brings to the ordinary person some benefit, then the tourist with his or her camera is an undesirable presence and an unwanted interruption to the toils of the day.

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