The personal blog of photojournalist Noah Darnell.

It is a matter of seat…

It is a matter of seat…

If you live in fear… you will never live. When you travel, you are living one of the finest ways. Nothing that was ever done with monumental or lasting influence was done by someone who sat idly by or “let things happen.” (Great sky today, yes?) The leaders of the world who have actually made

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Go with the gone in Morocco…

Go with the gone in Morocco…

When you wake up in the morning, you just don’t expect that before you sleep… …you will drink a gallon of tea in a town shockingly reminiscent of somewhere in Switzerland… …get motion sick on windy roads in the Atlas Mountains except you don’t want to miss a moment of the ruins flying past your

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A fingerprint in Fes…

A fingerprint in Fes…

Who are these people? Who grows up here in this movie set? Who goes to school all their young lives walking these streets? Who sees this every day, the common and the uncommon? What, then, is uncommon? Common, the streams of sunlight speckling the sawdust through the tiny, narrow streets between workers shops… Do these

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White sands, white house…

White sands, white house…

I consider it a privilege to travel. To see and photograph a people and a land so different from my own. To make an image of something “normal” in that country… but when viewed back home it represents something completely foreign, bizarre. I consider it doubly an honor to visit one of these places twice.

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New lenses and lessons learned…

What happens when you put down the SLR’s for a day and carry around nothing but the cameraphone on the Motorola Droid? I did not even take the Nikon or the Canon out of the room today. Sometimes, when I feel a little dry on the creativity, it really helps to change formats. I wish

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With a side of cute…

With a side of cute…

Okay, yes, I’m going to do it… …a cat-photo of the day. Sometimes eating in counties like this you gather little friends as you eat in certain restaurants. This little one was at Nid Cicogne, overlooking the kasbah mosque in Marrakesh. Did I feed him a few scraps? Heck yes, I did, and I don’t

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Architecturally sound…

So, as I mentioned yesterday, Casablanca isn’t exactly the most romantic place in the world. And besides Rick’s Cafe (modeled after the movie – considering the movie was filmed completely on a Hollywood back-lot) there’s very few other things. The medina is small and pretty much a hive of pickpocketing waiting to happen and the

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The Casablanca you are looking for…

The Casablanca you are looking for likely only exists in the movies. I don’t mean to sound too harsh about that, but much of the romanticism and mysticism tied up in Morocco is NOT going to be found in Casablanca. In fact, the LonelyPlanet guide for Morocco pretty much recommends just two or three things

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With good people…

With good people…

Some things that happen defy classification or explanation… and a single photo could not do it justice. Mohamed, our new friend and guide in Fes, Morocco, invited us to his home to dinner with his family. No photos or videos or words in the world could describe such an event. More generosity than I have

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If your photos aren’t good enough…

///NOTE: please visit my real blog at http://www.haonavy.com/fledglingphotographer to see this post in all its intended way./// If your photos aren’t good enough…you’re not in Morocco. Okay, just kidding… that sounds a little pretentious, but seriously… “If your photos aren’t good enough, you are not close enough,” said Robert Capa around 75 years ago. I’ve

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A move to Morocco…

Wait… have I not already been in Morocco three days? In fact, I have. Alas, I am just now arriving in Fes: the city in which MOST of it is considered a UNESCO World Heritage site. Arriving in the afternoon, there is little more to do than to get settled in our riad (guesthouse) and

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Tangier’s canyons…

There are just too few words to describe a medina or a souq or the canyons of color in a city like Tangier. I sometimes think an image is the only way to attempt to do it justice. If I tried to describe the children playing on a rope slung over a broken down building,

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