Field Trip: Finding inspiration in Morocco with Ale Bigliazzi

Field Trip: Finding inspiration in Morocco with Ale Bigliazzi

All photos from this sponsored Field Trip are courtesy of Ale Bigliazzi. All photos were edited with the Summit presets.


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I had a wish to know a culture totally opposite to my reality, and I always researched places where I could not only visit but be inspired and photograph everything.

This is why Morocco entered my wishlist: a country full of history and with great Eastern, Western, and African influences--a unique culture that would surely give me mental balance and self-knowledge.

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I arrived in Marrakech for a stay of three days. The main idea behind this trip was to capture the essence of what the city was giving me. It was my purpose, but gradually I learned that it would not be easy to photograph people: they hide when you have a camera, charge money or just don't want to be photographed. And since I had a short period in the city, I could not "waste" much time and money on research and approaches, so I photographed what I saw and felt: a person who yells in the streets, passionate about their culture and religion and who at the same time embraces you by, in fact, not embracing you.

Within Medina there are palaces, museums and many alleys. That's where I took the most photos.

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From there, I followed a local guide to the desert towards Merzouga to visit the Sahara.

It was an intense day. Being able to walk through dunes, riding camels, sleeping one night in the desert and witnessing the sunset, was unforgettable. At the moment I did not have much contact with the local people, because everything is much further away, but the landscapes and magic of the world's largest desert were truly impressive.

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Morocco was a different trip and brought me inspiration for photography and for life. I left, but I wanted to stay.

I then travelled to Porto, Portugal for a couple's photo session. I stayed less than 48 hours there: the forecast was rain, but it only rained a little and the session went beyond my expectations.

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I think that all the experience of my trip to Morocco opened my eyes and greatly influenced in this session. As for the city of Porto, I could not know much, but from what little I saw, it is enchanting!

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I used a Canon 5D Mark IV with a Sigma Art 24mm f1.4 and a Sigma Art 35mm f1.4 in all my photos. I edited them in Lightroom using my Summit presets.