French Polynesia-based travel photographer, Helene Harvard is known for her dreamlike pastel photographs. On her recent visit to Marrakech, she captured the mystery and calm within this vibrant colored Imperial city. She visited the bustling souks and markets, majestic palaces and gardens, along with the tree-lined streets of French Gueliz.
“Despite the fact I was living in France for many years, I never had the chance to travel in Africa,” says Havard.“ Morocco is exotic, tantalizing, and incredibly beautiful,” she remembers. “A feast for the senses and especially for the eyes. I loved this place for the mysterious feel that irradiates of her.”
While there, Havard photographed some of Marrakech’s iconic monuments and places such as the Yves Saint Laurent Majorelle Gardens, the Koutoubia Mosque, and La Mamounia Hotel, where Alfred Hitchcock wrote “The Birds.”
Havard’s imagery appears to be reminiscent of a Wes Anderson film. Her process includes digitally converting the natural colors of her photographs into pastel hues. The result is magical and fluid images that take the viewer on a visual journey.