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Moroccan Water Sellers

October 16, 2012

Traditionally costumed water sellers are seen throughout Morocco. For a dirham or two water is poured from camel leather bags into brass or tin cups. Few tourists can resist photographing the colorfully clad men decked out in elaborate tasseled hats. You can hear the musical clinking of the brass and bells they wear.

Today water sellers make more money from vacationers who pay to photograph them than from peddling water.

In Marrakesh water sellers in Jemma el Fna are licensed and wander amongst the crowds, food stalls, snake charmers, story tellers, dancers, acrobats and fortune tellers. They are adept at getting the most from tourists. Indeed if one approaches you in the square don’t be surprised if two others appear to pose in a trio. All three will expect a tip.

Info from Escape From New York

photo credits: one, two

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  1. October 16, 2012 3:50 pm

    Stunning photographs. Love the colours and the expressions on the faces of these people.

  2. October 16, 2012 3:56 pm

    That’s fascinating, and the pictures are truly stunning.

  3. October 16, 2012 6:41 pm

    These are wonderful photographs — I love the intensity of the colors and the sharp relief of the textures. Fabulous!

  4. October 16, 2012 8:37 pm

    Wonderful! Great photos and great stories:)

  5. October 17, 2012 6:50 am

    You enrich our lives with what you see. Thank you so much for taking my day into your environment. Awesome. What amazing folk these seem to be. What lives. What theatre. Thank you again.

  6. October 17, 2012 4:40 pm

    These are some of the most beautiful photos I have seen. I love that they are captured and hopefully never go away…

  7. October 19, 2012 9:17 am

    Love the photos!

  8. October 19, 2012 9:12 pm

    Love this! As much as I love the color, I love the faces even more.

  9. Thomas permalink
    October 19, 2012 9:16 pm

    Love these portraits!

  10. October 19, 2012 9:24 pm

    Thanks for liking my post. Love the portraits, you have a wonderful way of capturing the beauty of each face. Beautiful!

  11. October 20, 2012 9:29 pm

    I am glad you enjoyed my photos of Costa Rica. After looking at your photos, I see I have much improvement to make!!! Absolutely beautiful. Looking forward to viewing more.

  12. October 21, 2012 1:51 am

    Thanks the like on my blog. And where can I get one of those hats?

    • October 21, 2012 1:00 pm

      You can get these hats in the old city market of almost any Moroccan city. It’s sure to make you stand out!

  13. October 21, 2012 3:06 pm

    Thank you for liking my blog at . In turn, I certainly do like yours! It is fabulous and I’ve been reading and reading. Keep up the good work!

  14. October 22, 2012 1:33 pm

    gorgeous colour and faces!

  15. October 22, 2012 10:15 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous colours,very vivid! The character in their faces is amazing. Morocco is one of the places on my bucket list. Looking forward to seeing your new pics.

  16. October 23, 2012 7:33 pm

    Your blog is just beautiful!

  17. October 23, 2012 8:08 pm

    Fantastic professional photos you have. Wish we could take photos like that!

    Would love to be able to meet you when we finally make it to Tangier.

    • October 24, 2012 4:31 pm

      Great. Just let me know when you are planning to visit Morocco!

      • October 25, 2012 1:50 pm

        Already in Morocco. We are in Tafraout now, and working our way north (Very slowly) We could be there any time in the next two months.

      • October 25, 2012 8:17 pm

        Sounds like a great trip

  18. October 23, 2012 8:45 pm

    Very colorful characters!

  19. Luciana Mariano permalink
    October 24, 2012 2:46 am

    Amazing pictures and texts!

  20. October 24, 2012 11:42 pm

    Stunning pictures. I visited Morocco some time ago and this brings back a lot of memories.

  21. October 25, 2012 1:45 am

    Those guys look awesome! I love the photography!

  22. hgjose permalink
    October 27, 2012 3:59 pm

    Hello! Your photos are amazing! I nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger award! See here: ;)

    • October 28, 2012 12:58 pm

      Thanks hgjose! Morocco is a pretty easy place for beautiful photography.

  23. October 29, 2012 8:36 pm

    Thank you so much for liking my recent post on You have stunning images here, and I love the cultural insights.

  24. November 1, 2012 1:08 am

    Stunning photos!

  25. November 1, 2012 4:27 pm

    Thanks for the liking our blog entry. And, you have a beautiful blog as well!

  26. November 5, 2012 12:30 am

    Thanks for liking my entry on Gobekli Tepe. Your pictures are awesome and your blogs make me want to jump on a plane to Tangiers immediately.

  27. November 5, 2012 9:29 pm

    Love the pictures. I had been wondering what those guys were selling. Next time I’m thirsty, I now know I can buy water from those guy.

  28. katrinamillen permalink
    November 6, 2012 12:39 pm

    Your photos are amazing!!! They bring back memories of Jemma el Fn, I love the way its chaotic with people approaching you with water, monkeys and all sorts. It’s very exciting and special :)

  29. November 8, 2012 8:25 am

    Thanks for stopping by our blog.

  30. Being June permalink
    November 8, 2012 3:10 pm

    Wow – these are breathtaking. Thanks for stopping by my little blog; I wish yours had an About page…

    • November 8, 2012 3:36 pm

      Thanks, and you’re right, I need to do an About page. Hopefully it is forthcoming!

  31. November 8, 2012 11:16 pm

    Thanks for stopping by and the like. Wonderful photos!

  32. November 21, 2012 6:54 pm

    Hi mrbradjones,

    Good news!

    I have nominated you for the Blog of the Year 2012 award, because of all what you have done so far.

    See for the rules of that award

    All my best wishes for you!

    • November 21, 2012 10:23 pm

      Thanks petrel41! I appreciate it. You give me good motivation to keep working.

      • November 21, 2012 11:06 pm

        I am glad to hear that :) All the best for you, your blog, and people in Tangier!

  33. November 24, 2012 3:16 pm

    What amazing colors! Beautiful portraits…

  34. January 29, 2013 1:00 pm

    Beautiful! I love all the colors captured in these shots and the expressions!

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