Page: Project / January 24, 2014

Morocco: Days in the Wilderness

Landscapes for Composites ~ Clients & Personally

I am a signed artist to the large Art retailers International Graphics

I signed up to International Graphics to out let some of my more commercial artwork Art Photography or poster work is what they needed for a range of 6- 8 new funky bright and interesting posters. Whilst in discussions i and shown them some of my landscapes (Think Fishing) and still life (Fishing on a rainy day) Lawrence Walmsley who is the boss of IG Germany had requested a meeting at one of the art shows which I think was at the NEC a while ago and suggested that hw would like me to try an International Location for main landscapes but also think about th post art which I am featuring at another part of the BLOG. This is a little story about My trip to Morocco and the Zagora Desert in the Western Sahara and part of Morocco.



One of the landscape area we utilised en route to Zagora in the south


Washing Day! This was in an area called Monkeys Fingers seen in background


Our journey would take us right down to Zagora by way of  Ouarzazate which is famous for the films such as Indiana Jones and The Mummy which are shot on location there. Its booked out by many film companies worldwide and it was a this point that it was considered best to stay over night at the Hotel Mercure. Luxury in the desert.  I had been here prior to this as I had been on a fashion shoot for a menswear company n the past and had also stayed here. Luxury was the key

I have done my research

All the way along were were looking for great landscapes and anything else which could be needed. I suppose really this would be considered a right Jolly.  A 14 day location shoot with out models:}  Plenty of food and I would recommend Chicken Tagine as the food is cremated in a way that will kill off and germs etc. I had  learned this from my previous experience on the menswear shoot where we all ate fresh fried chicken and salad and struggled for days afterwards looking for the nearest loo.  A few beers later and on route to Zagora as the song from Loose Ends Suggests we were eating up the miles.  After a day or so of fabulous countryside we eventually end up near to the Western Sahara and the final destination for landscapes and background images.


What makes a piece of Work Stand out to a Gallery

Galleries like images that don’t seem to have too much of  focus or entice the viewer to ask questions about the subject such as Why, Who , Where and timeless. This is not always something that can be added during the shoot and has to emerge or be born within the session but creating a super bond with the model. I have been approached by various companies or galleries looking for work from poster work Like International graphics based in Germany Link to samples here or the Trowbridge Gallery on the Kings Road plus personal requests and one super duper request where I have been asked to shoot 12 images with themes to be sold as 2 offs. I am currently evaluation how to go about this and when.



Another graphic outlook in an arid land ~ superb i think.


 Nice respite as we ate lamb and salad ~ should have stuck with Tagine UUgh


I had decided to shoot Polaroid as my own picture collection and these images or some of them any way are featured below. The whole trip meant a lot of driving and we had taken a guide for safety, at some parts of the journey there were checkpoints but also at this time in the world you can’t be too careful. We had shot all of the landscapes on the Fuji 617 film camera and all on Fujichrome and not in digital format.

The images were used as fine art posters and background shots for some composites, plus we syndicated them out for Alamy and other slide libraries to try and recoup some of the costs. culturally we learned a lo, experienced a new way of life in an extraordinary  country. experiencing the basics but also some luxury, for me there is no comparison for the natural beauty that is Morocco. Its timeless and retains its unique style of history ancient and new mixed with the modern lifestyles such as Marrakech it will always be somewhere i would like to return for some more fishing!!

Watch this space for more information and images, I will try to post more about the trip but this is a brief overview of the trip and the travel which can be elaborated on when I have more time.



morocco trip

Some other TRAVEL PICS –  can be seen at this link here

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