Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sensory Overload

It’s been a few days since our last bog and with good reason. With a poor outlook for surf we headed up North to what is said to be the best wave in Morocco, in hope of finding more swell. We were greeted with 3-foot waves but not amazing surf. Our wondering minds of what lay ahead for us in Marrakech our last port of call for the trip, got the better of us and we hit the road, totally oblivious to what we where about to experience
After 15 years of travel I can honestly say Marrakech is the most amazing city I have had the privilege of experiencing with my own eyes. All of us were completely blown away by this colourful maze at the top of Africa. It was to say the least, a complete sensory overload, a place where words play no part and only images can possibly describe it . You need at least a week to scratch the surface of this place, we had a day and got to work immediately.
Just outside Marrakech lie the Atlas Mountains aliened with snow. We shot up there first thing in the morning and believe it or not; we all enjoyed a 2-hour snowboard session. I think this is the only place in Africa where you are surfing the one day and 5 hours later you are carving down the mountain on a snowboard. Truly amazing.Frankie and Shaun were stoked!
Broken and tired we charged back down the windy mountain pass with the hope of catching the Golden light to shoot some scenes in and around the market square and deep within the alleyways of the Souks for the film and the book. Greg and myself barely had a spare minute to breath as we combed the markets and alleyways searching for portraits and scenes that capture the vibrancy of this incredible city.
9pm that night, with a ton of incredible images in the bank, it was time to put the camera’s down and blend into the market to enjoy a traditional Moroccan meal, sip on a few beers and reflect on what was possibly one of the most incredible days you could ever wish for. Below is a taste enjoy...


7 comments:

Anonymous said...

yeah boys...hearne dog, sounds like i missed out on an awesome trip. surfed 1 foot shorebreak this morning an was thing about it.

hope you nailed the footage1 yeeeuuw

simmo

jeromemosetic said...

cool blog and images guys, sounds like a really cool trip

Luciano Burin said...

Hello Jason,
My name is Luciano and I`m a surfing journalist and editor of Surf & Cult blog here in Brasil.
I was really impressed by the quality of the work on the Africa Project, and would like to publish a small interview on your work reproducing some of theses pictures.
If your interested, please get in touch so I can send you a few questions.
Cheers,
Luciano Burin
www.surfecult.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Great site. Keep up the good work. Ironically, I have Bela Fleck..The Africa Project Disc playing in my office as I was peeping your site.

The Africa Project said...

Hi Luciano
that would be great,you cam email me at jason@whitestone.co.za
thanks
Jason Hearn

The Africa Project said...

Hi Luciano
that would be great,you cam email me at jason@whitestone.co.za
thanks
Jason Hearn

Surfing Morocco said...

Great info and great pictures!