Dec 13 2010

What’s a town without its people?

You can’t get at the heart of a place without taking a good look at the people. San Miguel is no exception and has its share of interesting faces. Like my current home of Rehoboth Beach, there is an always interesting mix of locals, semi-locals, and tourists.

Nov 19 2010

San Miguel de Allende

“The air was soft, the stars so fine, the promise of every cobbled alley so great that I thought I was in a dream.” -Jack Kerouac

My reason for visiting San Miguel de Allende was primarily to photograph around the Day of the Dead, but a large part of our time there was spent simply wandering around the town, totally free of any agenda. I was checking things out to determine if this was a place I could relocate to for a few years while I recharge my creative batteries and immerse myself in the task of learning the Spanish language. It is really quite a lovely place, full of friendly people and, literally, a photograph waiting around every corner.

Here is a gallery that will give you a general idea of the local architecture.

Nov 11 2010

What is it with me and walls?

I seem to have an obsession with walls, windows and doors. I’m not sure where it comes from, but I can’t seem to walk around in any new place without constantly scanning for interesting, decrepit, colorful, overgrown, tumbling, rambling edifices to photograph. Turns out, San Miguel de Allende is right up my alley. I could have spent my entire time there just making photographs of one window or door after another. It was all I could do to make myself occasionally look elsewhere and take pictures of people or Day of the Dead alters or the cemetery full of flowers. Here is a small gallery of some of my favorite walls so far. I’m certain that when I head back to San Miguel I will find many more incredible, old, shabby walls, full of beauty that I can share with people.

Nov 9 2010

La Calavera Catrina

The image of the elegantly dressed skeleton has become the symbol of Dia de los Muertos throughout most of Mexico. The original lithograph was produced by José Guadalupe Posada in the late 19th century.

Somewhere along the way, the image of the dapper skeleton came to be merged with our Halloween traditions and these costumes emerged. Some of the young people you see in this gallery appear to embrace this new tradition with gusto, parading around the town square and posing for pictures with anyone who wants one. They stay completely in character and don’t speak a word to anyone, although they are not above drinking a Coke or sending a quick text to a friend.
I hope to learn more about these young people and would like to get an opportunity to photograph them in depth, but I will first have to become fluent in spanish. Currently, “mi espanol es muy mal”.