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Fes, Morocco. 2007.

Canon EOS 400D
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
RAW. B&W conversion PS.

This family of 8 is not homeless.

The photo was taken in July 2007, the hottest summer I have ever experienced, though probably an annual thing for the locals of Morocco. The family was sleeping on the roof because the days were reaching 45 Celsius, and the nights were not much better.

Everyone stayed in the shade during the days and came out at night to go about their business. Even small children were up till 2am. Needless to say, it made my trip exhausting but exciting.

Fes or Fez (Arabic فاس [Fās], French Fès) is the third largest city in Morocco, after Casablanca and Rabat, with a population of 946,815 (2004 census). It is the capital of the Fès-Boulemane Region.

Fes is one of the four so-called “imperial cities” (the others are Marrakech, Meknes and Rabat). The Medina of Fes el Bali, the largest of the two medinas of Fes, is believed to be the largest contiguous car-free urban area in the world. Fes el Bali is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Care of Wikipedia).

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  • PaulHealey
    PaulHealeyalmost 6 years ago

    Powerful stuff and thoughtfully presented.

  • Thank you very much, I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Eyal Nahmias
    Eyal Nahmiasalmost 6 years ago

    This is a very common phenomenon in this country and others in the middle east where temperatures sore during the day to 40-50 degrees Celsius and a refuge from the heat can be attained on the roof where nights are cooler and breezier. This is a spectacular image. Very evocative and emotive in appearance, great contrast and tonal range and a wonderful description. Well done. Thanks for sharing with the Art of the Middle East group

  • Thank you again, I really appreciate your insights, thanks for taking the time to comment! And I’m so glad you enjoyed it :)

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Rhoufi
    Rhoufialmost 4 years ago

    I remember seeing this sort of thing on the rooftops in Delhi. It was so hot that whole families would spill out onto the roofs for the night. Handy having flat roofs eh? This image evokes the heat of the night so well. You have a very light touch with the emotive content of the composition.

  • Thank you very much, and once again I must say sorry for the late reply, I’m not sure how I missed these! It’s an extraordinary experience seeing something like this isn’t it? So far removed from the western world’s idea of comfort!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusalmost 4 years ago

    What a sad shot and story!!! Great capture, but still so incredibly sad!!!

  • Thanks Deborah, I’m really glad you enjoyed it!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Lacey Scarbro
    Lacey Scarbroalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent capture!
    Still very emotive & makes me feel nothing but sorry for these people having to sleep on the roof due to weather conditions!
    Excellent focal point!

  • Thanks Lacey, I’m really glad you enjoyed this one!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Lacey Scarbro
    Lacey Scarbroalmost 4 years ago

    C-grats, Lacey!

  • Wow thanks Lacey, very cool!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • ctheworld
    ctheworldalmost 4 years ago

    Great work! Congratulations on your feature!

  • Thank you very much!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • jeanni2010
    jeanni2010almost 4 years ago

  • Thanks Jeanni, that’s so great!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 4 years ago

  • Adnane Mouhyi
    Adnane Mouhyiover 3 years ago

    Very Sad :(

  • Yes, a very different world from that which I’m used to. Thank you for viewing.

    – Damienne Bingham

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