Photographer's Note

After some days without posting anything because I was away from my home PC, here it's another one of Marrakech.

PP work (done with The Gimp, I posted the original as aWS):

- Played a bit with the perspective tool to soften the 'contre-plong' (I don't know the english word to a down to up pov) efect. I fear that in the process I ended up with an even more awkward perspective.

- Correction of the under exposure on the shadows using two duplicated layers (desatured to B&W and 'gaussian blurred'), one for brightening the shadows, other to correct the excess exposure of that on the sunlit wall. I am not convinced that this 3rd layer was really needed, but I didn't have the courage to go back and experiment only with 2 layers.

- Put the sky more blue, by adjusting the colours after selecting only the sky.

- Resize to fit TE limits, increase sharpness (40) and saturation (25).

Looking at it some months after posting it, I think it is too light, because until recently I used very low brightness on my computers displays. Making myself interested and careful in adjusting the displays properly is one of the many things I owe to my TE addiction. :D

More recently I have posted a photo of one of the students' rooms that fill the upper floors of the whole building

Ben Youssef Medersa was founded in the 14th century, but what is seen today is the result of the major reconstruction done in the 16th century. As I hope you can see in the photo, every little piece of the wall is intricately decorated with stucco work and carved cedarwood, in a style much influenced by the art of Islamic Andalucia (Southern Spain). I fact, many parts are nearly copies of some parts of the fabled Alhambra palaces, in Granada and it's believed that many architects and workers that built the place were Muslim Andalucians that fled from Spain or their descendants (Granada, the last Muslim possession in Spain, was conquered in the 15th century and most of the Muslim people that didn't fled to North Africa before or just after the conquest did it on the following years).

Other sources state that the style has more influences from the Merinide period (Merinides were a dynasty that ruled in actual Morocco from 13th to the 15th century), but as in that period the influence of the Andaluzian art workers was already very strong in Morocco, there is no real contradiction between the two claims.

Medersa (aka medrassa) is a koranic (theological) school and this one functioned until 1960. It was the larger medersa in the Maghreb (all North Africa West of the Nile) and it's said that in occasions it housed more than 1000 students (some mention 1500, but the more common number mentioned is 900).

Web links to more info: Igougo, Lexicorient, Wikipedia.

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