IN MOROCCO, THE COLOUR OF ISLAM IS GREEN.
The ten photographs shown here are part of a larger portfolio made over three visits to Morocco in 2016 and 2018.
To avoid the distortions of tilting and excessive convergence that afflict images of architecture made at close range with normal cameras, I used a technical shift camera offering extensive lens movements, lenses with extra-large image circles, and 4x5 inch sheet film. Travelling with such equipment presented challenges, however, the lasting reward is undistorted, quietly elegant and richly detailed portraits of some of history’s most amazing architecture.
As a connecting theme for this submission to LensCulture, I selected ten photographs displaying the widespread -and striking - use of the colour green in Fez, Meknes and Marrakech. The local guides I asked couldn't offer a reason why the colour green is so common, so I can only offer my suggestion that it invokes the Islamic concept of Paradise on Earth, as represented by an oasis of lush green vegetation around a spring within an otherwise hot and lifeless desert.