While traveling to Moscow in 2019, I stumbled across Henri Matisse’s Moroccan series at the Pushkin Museum, and I was fascinated by its deep, exotic blue. The place where Matisse stayed was Tangier, and coincidentally, Tangier was a place I had been curious about for more than 10 years, so I decided to travel to Morocco. It was January 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic.