This is one of a series of images I made recently called ‘Consequences of Love’, after the beautiful novel by Sulaiman Addonia.
The image arose from my observation of the early evening ritual of the men and women of the Moroccan town of Essaouira, many of whom take a stroll about the battlements of it’s sea wall before nightfall. The men are typically alone, the women in small groups, I thought there was something poetic and melancholy about it. It certainly ads a palpable atmosphere or frisson.
It reminded me very much of Addonia’s book, which is set in Riyadh, Saudi-Arabia, a place where contact between men and women outside the home is all but impossible (but especially for the poor), and all public contact between the sexes is controlled by Sharia.