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Desert Rose

As I have previously (and repeatedly...sorry about that!) noted, Morocco offers many challenges for those of us who enjoy taking portraits, largely due to a widespread aversion to being photographed by (most of) the locals. There were many occasions where I saw people who would have been great to photograph, but when you asked permission, more often than not, the rely was in the negative.


However, occasionally one was pleasantly surprised and a positive response was given. This girl was the daughter of a nomad family we visited, while taking a four-wheel drive in the Sahara Desert, near Merzouga. I photographed her inside the small mudbrick shelter that was their home. Even the residents of Sparta would have described their habitat as Spartan.


The only light source here was the light coming from the doorway, this was taken at ISO 1000.

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Taken on July 26, 2007