After my involvement in an arts & music festival in the desert of Marrakesh, I continued my journey to the coastal areas, where I repeatedly ended up in the small fishers town of Essaouira. Essaouira is a popular travel destination, its Mediterranean charm and bohemian feel ever enchanting to outsiders. Thus, the oriental gaze is never far away, resulting in images and appearences of mysteriousness and exoticness. In anthropology, “orientalism" is a way of seeing that imagines, emphasizes, exaggerates and distorts differences of peoples and cultures of North-Africa and the Middle East as compared to that of the West. Through photography, I examined the ways my own eyes perceive this othering of sense of place. By being sensitive to the unconscious ways in which oriëntalism plays the mind, these images are an attempt to look beyond the travel photography of the more dominant eye and find an alternative methodology of seeing.