Saturday, 23 June 2007
I am not from your country...
Exercise wear?! at Marjane in Souissi (posh neighborhood of Rabat).
Pussy in a basket. A floral display at the fruit market with paper flower fun.
I thought this was such a cool transport device!
I had decided to get you some ‘going for a walk through the Oudayas” photographs. I was returning from the bank this morning where they had lots of money thankfully and took a turn through “digital alley”. “Oceans 13” is everywhere but only in French, so I thought I would get some shots of the general bedlam. We have discussed this before; I am fastidious about asking permission to take photographs of people, but a thing? Running up behind me comes a young man flanked by two compatriots one of whom is now baring the site of the folding table with DVDs on it from my line of site. “You must not take picture, it is bad.”
Putting my camera away I said, “All right, I am sorry, but why is it bad?”
“Why are you taking pictures here?” he asked quite testy.
“I am a writer. I write about Morocco,” I said.
“You must not write about this, this is bad. Where is your permit?” he said angrily.
“Why? Why is that bad? I am writing for people to come and shop here,” I said.
“It is bad to take the pictures of men,” he said again.
I am talking to a brick.
“Yes, I got that thank you,” I said and walked away shaking my head.
I had the same reaction yesterday taking the photographs of the excercise? apparel in Marjane's. There were no people about, just the garments, no defensive arm placements, no secret satellite installations... yet the guard came in with his knickers in quite a twist.
Q had gone to run some errands yesterday and some chap comes up to her telling her the djellaba is nice, but she needs a hijab. When you go out of your way to be cognizant of a culture it is a bit annoying to have that thrown in your face. I had the same encounter at the police station in Fez, “The djellaba is nice, but that hat is not as good as a hijab.”
To hijab or not hijab? I read an article in the NYTimes yesterday on this topic. If I am going out of my way to observe local custioms in YOUR country should you not do the same in MINE?