July 2012

Photos of Riad Idrissy, Fez, Morocco

Monday July 30th, 2012 12:02 PM

Riad Idrissy, Fez. Foto © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Standing with the stray cats on the dusty street outside Riad Idrissy there’s no hint of the scale and beauty of what lies within. Located in the heart of the labyrinth of ancient passageways that make up Fez Medina, a UNESCO world heritage area, the front of the hotel looks like just every other door.

However, step inside and it’s hard not to be swept away by the splendour. The four ornately decorated rooms are located around a central internal patio open to the sky. Each is huge with 4m high ceilings which are carved or painted. When you lie on the bed you feel like the ranks of the nobility that once owned it.

It’s difficult to take a bad photograph of such a splendid place. But also it’s difficult to take a photograph that really captures the magic. I think the trick to finding the soul of something is to spend time getting to know it. So Robert Johnstone, the manager, closed the hotel for four days and we tried different shots in different light. Once we’d done the hotel, we moved on to the adjacent Ruined Garden which is due to open as a restaurant in September.

It would be a great place to get married. And if you do, let me know I’d love to take your wedding photos there!

Client testimonial: “your shots are so fab…….very pleased”.

Riad Idrissy, Fez. Foto © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Riad Idrissy, Fez. Foto © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Riad Idrissy, Fez. Foto © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Riad Idrissy, Fez. Foto © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Riad Idrissy, Fez. Foto © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Riad Idrissy, Fez. Foto © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Riad Idrissy, Fez. Foto © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Riad Idrissy, Fez. Foto © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Riad Idrissy, Fez. Foto © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Riad Idrissy, Fez. Foto © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Riad Idrissy, Fez. Foto © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

The Ruined Garden, Riad Idrissy, Fez. Foto © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Robert Johnstone in the Ruined Garden, Riad Idrissy, Fez. Foto © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Photojournalism: María & Kevin’s wedding, Torre del Pino, Zaragoza

Friday July 13th, 2012 11:08 AM

Boda, Torre del Pino, Zaragoza Foto: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Couples who hire photojournalists not only want beautiful wedding photos but also stories told through the images. There are various ways of doing this – perhaps the most obvious being through a series of photos. You can narrate the day with a portfolio taken over many hours or tell about a special moment with a number of images snapped in a couple of seconds.

But another, more subtle, way I tell stories is through the components I include in the composition of a photo. The above picture was taken in the Zaragoza flat where María grew up. There were lots of family photos on show. As soon as I entered I started making a mental note of what pictures were where, including the picture of María’s mother on her wedding day more than 30 years before.

A few minutes later María and her father were together near this photo. I took a couple of shots, one focused on María and her father, the other on the picture. Perhaps it’s not the most beautiful shot of the day but it is the one that tells the story of two generations of a family.

By the way, the couple celebrated their wedding at Torre del Pino, San Juan de Mozarrifar, on the outskirts of Zaragoza.

Client comment: “Thank you for being an excellent photographer. Not only were you excellent but also very popular!!”

Boda, Torre del Pino, Zaragoza Foto: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Boda, Torre del Pino, Zaragoza Foto: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Boda, Torre del Pino, Zaragoza Foto: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Boda, Torre del Pino, Zaragoza Foto: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Boda, Torre del Pino, Zaragoza Foto: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Boda, Torre del Pino, Zaragoza Foto: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Boda, Torre del Pino, Zaragoza Foto: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Boda, Torre del Pino, Zaragoza Foto: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Boda, Torre del Pino, Zaragoza Foto: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Boda, Torre del Pino, Zaragoza Foto: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org