Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture

This week’s photo challenge is guest hosted by Aaron Joel Santos. Who says,

‘Culture. Culture is a bit of a loaded word. In a photograph, it can embody everything and nothing. So where do we draw the line? Shopping culture, hippy culture, Asian culture, Thai culture, ancient culture, and on and on. These phrases have different meanings. For me, as a working travel photographer, being able to show culture, in all of its various guises, is crucial to the success of an image.

There are obvious elements that go into making a great photograph: perspective, color, contrast, subject matter, and lighting, to name a few. But for this challenge, go for that little something extra — that piece of the image that makes a viewer want to see more — to delve deeper into the culture you’re photographing. I’ve always said that I want my photographs to make people curious. So that is your assignment here: inspire curiosity with your photography.’

The richness of the culture in Marrakech is something I love, so here are three photos for you. The first shows that culture isn’t always comfortable, in fact in the tannery, that has been part of their culture for so long, it’s distinctly unpleasant when the smell hits you.
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Next, there are many stalls in the souk selling the wonderful local figs, dates and olives, delicious.

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Lastly, this is Jemaa el-Fnaa, in the heart of the medina, and a world heritage site. It’s a real spectacle in the evening when it is packed with music, dance, snake charmers, story tellers, tooth pullers, you name it. The smoke is from the numerous food opportunities that are set up each night.

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43 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture

  1. Excellent take on the theme. You were successful in your attempt to make me curious about these photos, especially the first one.


  2. fabulous photos gilly, what a great view of the tannery … and the market and evening shots are full of atmosphere … very ‘make me want to see more’ 😀

  3. Gilly, thank you for the peek into the culture of Marrakech … I’ve never been there but know I would love the food and the music from the way you describe it!

  4. So wonderful to see all the lovely posts and photo’s of culture and yours are beautiful indeed. Great photo’s too! Thanks for sharing hon. 🙂 *hugs*

  5. maybe i would pass on the tannery but the open market and the festive night adventure looks like something interesting to discover further. love your photographs. ♥

  6. sono veramente felice che siate passata nel mio blog e vi sia piaciuto, è bellissimo che due mondi lontani comunichino attraverso la cultura
    a presto
    thank you so much

  7. The pictures depicting a small window of the rich culture in Marrakech is educative. As a student and teacher of cross cultural themes these pictures say a lot.
    Thank you and regards.

  8. Hmm, can imagine the aromas wafting round the Medina. That’s a great shot of the spice market, and curious as to what was being sold…. as with the leather tannery. Great post Gilly.

  9. That is one colorful , exciting culture. I agree, there is always a good side and not so pleasant side of every culture. It what makes it unique and standout from one another.

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