I’m just back from the town of Chefchaouen, up in the Rif mountains in Morocco. A stunning town, with just about everything painted blue (harking back to the 1930s when Jewish settlers started painting it – blue being symbolic for sky and heaven. The blue is also rumoured to repel mosquitoes!). Within the maze-like medina are all things crumbly, blue, occasionally rusty, signage and all manner of wooden and metal doors.
I’ve created a tumblr page here. As a taster, here are a few pics.
This was one of many metal plates used for electric / water meters. NIce mix of western and arabic letters, in vivid blue.
I took a walk out of town to the cemetery – many weather-beaten inscriptions on gravestones.
Cute rusty lovehearts on this mini garage
Gas canisters roasting in the midday sun
Fruit boxes with a curious mix of stamped english and arabic
House numbers stamped onto electricity boxes
Great old street signage, in a rare occurrence of yellow and green
Old street signs again, back to faithful blue and white
So many narrow streets with so many interesting shadows
An here’s the rusty old taxi stop