#intramorocco series, Casablanca, Morocco, 2011
This image is is part of my long term #intramorocco project. The photograph was made in 2011, when I lived in Casablanca – where I often walked down the long beach, to get some fresh air and a view of the horizon.
During my most recent visit to Morocco, where I participated in Nuits Photographiques d’Essaouira 2018 (@essaouira_nuits_photos), I had the the pleasure to meet many brilliant photographers. One of them, was the Casablancan photographer and former breakdancer Yassine Ismaili (@yoriyas), who has been doing his amazing #casablancanotthemovie project for years now. The title of his project – “Casablanca - Not the movie” – he explained to me, was a reaction to the remark – “Casablanca! Oh, like the movie!”; and to the naive, romanticised image of Casablanca, which he was often met with, when travling abroad. He wanted to show the city in a more complex and real way. Yassine’s energetic work and personality reminded me of the time, when I myself got to know, and tried to make a living in, this crazy, dirty, rough – yet mesmerising and inspiring sprawling metropolis perched on rim of the Atlantic ocean.
When an aspiring Bosslady meets an actual Bosslady.
Meryanne Loum-Martin is definitely the ultimate #Bosslady. She is the very first, and only, black African woman to open and operate a hotel in Morocco.
But she is even more than that. She is inspiring, powerful and so charismatic.
Lawyer in Paris, Meryanne always dreamed of Architecture. She ended up creating, designing and decorating the luxurious boutique hotel @jnanetamsna all by herself, with her husband and family.
What better motivation than someone who shares the same dream as yours and made it reality ?! Thank you for welcoming us in your beautiful gem.
In collacollaboration with @tstmkrafrica#hotellife#jnanetamsna#blackbusinesswomen