Hamburg is very grey during the winter. I hadn’t realized how much this affected my mood until Mike and I decided to take a short trip to Marrakesh, Morroco, a couple weeks ago. The weather forecast didn’t look so great before we went. Rain, clouds, and a low of 4 degrees. Fortunately we didn’t see much of the rain, and when it was ‘cloudy’, it was still very bright. I’ve gotten used to cloudy making the day very dark.
We primarily went on this trip to have a few days away to spend with each other away from Hamburg and visit a friend from China (who spends a few weeks there in the winter) before the baby’s arrival at the end of April. It was great to catch up with her again (we also saw her in August in Cologne), and be somewhere completely different then Northern Germany. The city was a bit crazy and interesting, but we were still able to relax. We also figured we would love to come back (and maybe focus more on photography 🙂 )
Being in a culture so different from our own reminded me of our travels in Asia. I realized from this short trip how important cultural immersion positively impacted my photography while living in China. Especially as an introvert, it can be extremely hard to engage people and get them to open up to you without having even just a little understanding of their culture. While we were walking the narrow streets of Marrakesh, dodging the constant scooters, I chose not to take my camera out. While I did recognize there was some amazing things to capture, I almost felt ‘invasive.’ I also was very aware of my 31 week pregnant body not able to react as quickly and dodge all the scooters. So instead I focused on relaxing, observing, and enjoying the sun and great food. Oh, and of course I took my camera out at the tourist sites.
Pictures were from the Riad where we stayed (Riad L’Aziza), the main square Jemaa el Fna, the Jardin Majorelle, the Ben Youssef Madrasa, and the Bahia Palace.