Tangled up in blue

Christopher RobinOur Town Arts

On the Atlantic coast of Morocco, south of Casablanca, lies the beautiful ancient fishing port of Essaouira. Eighteenth-century ramparts protected the city and its medina (old town) from the ocean and marauders of the trade caravans from sub-Saharan Africa. Today the city is invaded by mostly European tourists enjoying the mixture of North African and French culture.

Each morning these boats launch to see what catch the ocean will offer up for that day. Each afternoon the fish market fills up with a variety of ocean life and individuals that nearly overpowers all your senses.

The beautiful color, the changing lines and the angles of these boats make it somewhat of an abstract to draw your eyes further into this image. In a way, the dueling simplicity and complexity of this image summarizes the Moroccan culture itself.

Photographer Chris and painter Robin Rohwer each week strive to share a painting or photograph that captured their interest in hopes that it will also capture yours. They have a small studio and gallery in the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville where you can stop and see their work. Check ahead to see when they will be there, as they may be off looking for more inspiration. Visit their website at www.ChristopherRobinArts.com. Email them at [email protected]. If a particular piece interests you for your home or office, please contact them. All works are copyright protected.

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