180 Minutes in Ait Iktel – Photo Essay

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to arrive at a remote location and have an entire village turn out to greet you? It might look something like this.

Ait Iktel, Morocco, a village of about 150 families, lies in the High Atlas Mountain region some 100 kilometers south of Marrakech. I was there last September to cover an athletics event which featured appearances by several Olympic and world champion athletes, from Morocco and elsewhere.

It was a big event for the village, a major celebration. Not surprisingly, most of the locals turned out to watch and participate in the day-long proceedings. And to greet us with song and dance.

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It was an unforgettable experience that culminated in this 36-image photo essay, one I’m particularly proud of. Please check it out here in the new Photo Essays section of my website. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Today’s Pic du Jour, the 404th straight, was snapped in Ait Iktel on 14 September 2014. The lead photo, of two singers chanting in an ahwash, or ahouach, fits nicely for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge, Rule of Thirds, too.

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You did go to the photo essay, didn’t you? 🙂




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