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Location: Marrakesh, 2016.


About Half-Moon:

Elaborated geometrics, wooden arabesque motif, and stucco - these are some of the characteristics of Moorish architecture that flourished in North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula during the 15th century. The distinct architectural style is a fusion of Berber, pre-Islamic Iberian, and the Middle East Islamic culture. The most common constructive element in Moorish architecture is the horseshoe arch. Designs are often symmetrical and introverted where the elaborated interiors are only meant to be seen behind closed doors.

This photograph was created in Bahia Palace in Marrakesh in the late morning. The sunlight was bright enough to adequately illuminate the beautiful decor of this entrance under the shade. Here you can appreciate several features of the aforementioned Moorish architecture, including intricate arabesque motifs and beautifully decorated arch. The outer arch resembles a crescent moon, which is also an important symbol in Islam. Lastly, how the sun partially lit the wooden door created half an arch or crescent, depending on your interpretation, which adds interestingness to the photograph.

Prize Sizes: Sizing Guide Page

Small / Artist Print 12” x 8” (+0.5” border) 150
Medium / Studio Print
24" x 16” (+0.5” border) 150
Large / Gallery Print
36” x 24” (+0.5” border) 25
Extra Large / Gallery Print 60” x 40” (no border) 15

About Yaopey:

Born in Malaysia, I was bitten by the travel bug at a young age. My interest in exploring off the beaten tracks has led me to places such as Tibet, Iran, and Pakistan. While it’s nice to see new places, I have enjoyed the cultural experience of traveling more. I would bring home a piece of local culture from every place I visit, mainly in the form of wall art. 

Maybe you have been to places I have photographed, or seen them elsewhere. I hope, through my work, I can bring a piece of memory or add an artistic touch to your living space.

The Print:

Printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag, a fine art paper with a subtle texture that gives a luxurious feel in your hand. The museum-quality print is fade-resistant with colors that will last for 100+ years. Each print is accompanied by a certificate with hologram, signature, and edition series.