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Massimo Bassano  #NationalGeographicPhotographer #traveling all six continents and #sailing all the oceans.

Parts of the traditions of the Berbers, dance and music are always important to welcome the foreigners as we are. I'm always amazed as such repetitive sound can engage so deep who hears.
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At the entrance of the hotel Xaluca Arfoud, a tall black guy, dressed in shiny white, look at the people passing through the main door.
The Alaouite sultan of Morocco, Moulay Ismail (reigned 1672-1727) assembled The Black Guard. The guards, brought to Morocco as slaves, descended from tribes from the South of Africa. So not affiliated, not even by language, with the local Berber and Arab tribes. For this reason, they were considered much more loyal. Mainly in charge to collect taxes and patrolling the unstable countryside, the Black Guards in number of eight, dressed in white and with big scimitar, they were also the personal bodyguards of Ismail.
With the independency (1956), the Black Guard was changed to Moroccan Royal Guard. Today the guards are not more descendants of the black slaves, but selected from elite units of the Moroccan Army.
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Just before sunset, a last mule covers the trail that separates the high village with the one at the bottom of the valley. I have seen hundreds of mules and donkeys going back and forth and I have been very impressed by their shape. Those animals are the "engine" of the valley of Toubkal. The riders treat them very well and it's incredible to see how with one word only they can stop their animals, turn left or right, keep moving, going slow or faster. One single word, not loud, not strong just a word. I'm amazed by the symbiosis between animals and humans here.
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Just arrived at the heart of the Toubkal National Park, on the High Atlas mountain. The target is the Kasbah of Toubkal, the Nat Geo Unique Lodge of Morocco. Everything looks ancient here. The lodge is located on a trail. I can climb or take a ride on a donkey. Just this says a lot about our new destination. But it's just the beginning. The valley is quite and by distance I can see on the trails many donkeys. They connect the villages on the mountains with the main town in the valley, Imlil. Carrying people, goods, luggages, anything that needs to be moved. The quite life is breathtaking. Stars shine at night. The gentle sound of the creek is the soundtrack of the valley. I take my camera and start to move alone the trail that bring me to the upper Valley.
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The souk of Marrakech vibrates of activities. We slalom between all types of artisans. It's easy to be overwhelmed by such crowd and do not know where to point the camera. My first suggestion is always "photograph someone that works without looking into the camera. Ask first, but let him working so to capture a true photograph". This young guy is the emblem of continuity. Moroccan's art of working with iron is legendary. Since century, houses have been decorated with such iron frames. Even if with different technique, the style has remained the same. And the simplicity how they work on the ground of a public road, welding unique pieces of art, like this guy, it's the legend kept alive.
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Those are the most famous blue wall and yellow window of Marrakech and the entire North Africa.
We arrive early morning on purpose to enjoy when it's still empty. As soon as the gate has opened, we are inside the famous Majorelle Garden. The in-city Paradise created by the extreme sense of elegance of the French painter Jaques Majorelle. It was the 1923 when Jacques bought four abandoned acres of land just out of Marrakech and, as painting on a white canvas, he transformed this dry piece of land in a sparkling explosion of all types of green and the famous blue Majorelle. Yves Saint Laurent, the French fashion designer, and Pierre Bergé discovered, fell in love and bought in the 1980, saving this "Paradise on Earth" from a real estate speculation and donating to all of us the chance to enjoy.
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For photographers, every corner is a good frame and the blue wall, with its intense color, named Blue Majorelle, it's a wonderful location. But the garden gets crowded very soon. We are not alone anymore and instead of being nervous, better to take the advantage of the visitors as models. Because everyone wants to pose in front of the wall. Here I'm now, teaching to my clients to be patient, waiting for someone photogenic and "click". A open-air portrait lesson at the Majorelle.
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Morocco is known for the leather and products leather related. The slipper, for example, are famous worldwide. As leather bags, jackets and more. But not many know that everything is handmade in Morocco. Here is how the leather has shaved by the fur. Using a half-moon knife pushed down by the chest. I touch the blade and I get cut. This guy plays all day, with one hand in front of the blade, to keep the leather outstretched, without a minimum scratch.
The way how we are welcome to watch how he makes, tells everything about the gentle manners of the Moroccans. I love this country. It's one of the best NatGeo Expeditions ever.
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I'm back to my second home. Morocco. I've been leading Nat Geo Photo Expeditions in Morocco over 10+. Everytime is a new experience and everytime I meet the same people and I refresh how friendship. Coming back in the same place over and over has this privilege. They welcome you with warm and sincere respect. My guests see all this and understand how beautiful is this country and those people. I hope they can get more than just photographs, I hope they can tell highly story of this experience. Because the storytelling, so popular, it's initially a human experience.
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And no doubt that we start one the most magnificent mosque in the World. The third big, but the highest minaret. The Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca is superb, elegant, well done. Made by Maroccans for Maroccans, it's the only visitable Mosque around the World. Something to be proud for and I was lucky to share with @myriamcasper ***
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Years ago during an expedition I met this quite, wonderful, haughty lioness. I needed to use my wide angle to photograph with a bit of sense of place, the bush where she was. We were very close but relaxed because she had already eaten. We knew that thanks the radio-collar. This beautiful lioness was monitoring 24/7. We knew a lot about her including her relationship with one of the most famous, and the oldest, lion of the Masai Mara, the famous Boxernose, whom just recently died. I felt as I know both. That's the beauty to travel in Africa, to smell the intense fragrance of the wilderness and to have someone, as a park ranger, telling to us wonderful stories about Masai Mara. That's the essence of traveling and storytelling. R.I.P. Boxernose! Thanks to make my memories so vivid and to have been generated more and more new lions and lionesses during your long long life.
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World Photo Day
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Nothing as Photography gives to me the opportunity, and the infinity pleasure, to meet different people of different culture. One more interesting than the other. I'm kidnapped by this Art and I'm deeply happy that I've chosen it as my job. So, full time happiness around the Globe meeting people, sharing their lives, thoughts, passions. And I share myself too. I don't use the camera as filter but more as a key to open connections.
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