Meknes, one of Morocco's three imperial cities, ruled the country in the 17th century. It was the capitol of Sultan Moulay Ismail, among the greatest, and certainly most ruthless, rulers. He built this gate, the Bab el-Berdaine, which is still used to enter and leave the city's medina or historic old city. In this image, I show even less of the gate than in the previous photo. I abstract the gate down to its door and shadowy entry, and waited for a suitably dressed figure to enter the frame. The elegant ornamentation of the door is barely suggested in the shadows. This is image is not about beauty. It is about living history.