Monday, December 24, 2007

One More Church

This church was located within a block of the prior two. That makes for an impressive density ratio of churches to other buildings and citizens.

Another Church

This church is located in San Miguel, right next to the one shown in the previous posting, yet, it is no less spectactular.

Church

There is no such thing as a plain and simple church in Mexico. True, the churches in the countryside may be of more humble means, but will still find a way to be ornate.

Corazón Sagrado

Anywhere you go in Mexico, you can find street vendors with a huge variety of religious paraphernalia.

Thorny Crown

There are some many differing depictions of Christ, but none so vividly portraying the suffering, as is found in a Latin American church.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Fenetre No. 1

I will let you decide for yourself on this one.

Naranja

This wall had such an amazing array of color, textures and forms that is almost seemed like it could be some sort of animate object, or at least organic, like a massive orange that has begun to rot and mold.

Surreal

This staircase was so illuminated as a result of reflected light entering it from both ends, that it did not seem natural. There is also an M. C. Escher aspect to this image in the sense that it can seem like you are looking down, or up, the stairs... both make sense to your eyes.

Symbolic

I like the symbolism that I get from this image. So often in life, we are presented with two options, one right next to the other, almost identical, yet distinct, each leading to a different ultimate destination.

Depth

One of the things I love about a superwide angle lens is that they can offer tremendous depth of field. Another thing I like about this type of lens is that they are very fast, allowing handheld photography under very low light conditions, even night shots.

Flying Buttress

This flying buttress almost defied one's sense of practical design regarding the feasibility of it adding any substantial structural support to this church. However, I certainly do get how the name 'flying buttress' was arrived upon.

Column

In contrast to the prior post, here is a dimpled stainless steel column under similar lighting conditions in the early morning hours at an airport.

Ring

This is the curved and perforated brushed stainless steel interior of an airport phone boot.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Yet Another

Here is yet another intriguing doorway from a courtyard to the interior of a building in Mexico.

One Last Doorway

Behind this doorway, one would most likely find a lush and colorful, peaceful and classically designed courtyard.

Another Doorway

As I mentioned in my previous posting, the doorways in Mexico are simply wonderful.

Doorway

The doorways in San Miguel are spectacular. One after another, they all have some degree of texture, form, color, dimension and rhythm that captivated my eye.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Fountain

Black and white is still my first love. I was mesmerized by the light playing off of this stream of water from this fountain, but also the soft waves of light that wash across the depths of the water.

Simplicity

Again, simplifying objects into patterns can, strangely, create even greater intrigue.

Gritty

The early light strikes a glancing blow across the side of this building and amplifies the gritty texture of the stucco.

Tag

There is a wonderful fusion of old and new in Mexico, as illustrated by this advertisement, plastered and painted in the brilliant colors of today, yet achieved in the same manner as has been done for 100's if not 1000's of years.

Color

Having only really started to focus on color these last couple of months, I have to admit that I may be infatuated with big, bold chewy splashes of sumptuous color such as this paper flower in contrast with these shadowy grave ruins in Mexico.

Basics

Everyday places and things are easily isolated from their usual context just enough to render a new perspective. I like abstracting things into primal shapes and patterns such as this building and sidewalk.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Portal

I may have mentioned it before.... I have a 'thing' about mysterious and curious portals such as this one.

Guard

I really enjoyed the police on horse back that wore the uniforms of the time when San Miguel d'Allende was founded.

Motion

This hole in the side of a building was shot in such a way that it has a feeling of motion... it is as though the wall was speeding by.

Stairway

Stairways that dissolve into darkness are a wonderful black and white study.

Wedding Present

I recently made a teak table as a wedding present for a very close friend. There are more pictures of the entire construction if you wish (here).

Monday, November 26, 2007

Exhausting

The exhaust pipe for a large generator that once powered this old textile mill , bright orange with oxidation, seems to glow as though it is still hot.

Powerful

This powerful sculpture had a grand scale and presence. It seemed as though any moment, he might extend his wings and fly her off to safety.

Carved Door

Can you imagine having a hand carved, 200 year old, set of doors on the front of your house?

Knocker

Here is a spectacular door knocker.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Perspective





Here are just a few of the perspectives I took on a water tower during the early morning the other day. If you would like to see more, click here.


Fall

Fall has suddenly descended upon us, bringing a drop in temperature and a change in color palette for much of the foliage. The skies will be a silvery blue one day, fresh and clear, and the next day will have a sky blanketed with an array of shimmering satin clouds.

Portal

Rarely can I come across a portal that either leads somewhere or releases something. In this case, this portal is holding back 400,000 gallons of water.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Ebb

I was out and about early in the morning this weekend trying to take advantage of the dense fog that had blanketed the Central Valley when I noticed that the fog was beginning to ebb like the tidal wave at the Bay of Fundy. This image captured the fog line just as it crossed the upper corner of this corrugated steel sided building.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Briar Patch

I am always ready to fabricate a story of what may lie behind a mysterious doorway such as this one. In this case, I am sure that there must be an old and eccentric blacksmith who has been fabricating a wrought iron briar patch six feet tall, three feet deep, and almost eight-hundred feet long. Once a month, he loads the portion of the wrought iron briar patch, that he has recently constructed, into large panel truck, and transports it out to his property where he makes his next installment in the briar patch that will eventually surround and protect his entire property.

Sentinel

Old trees, such as these Almond trees in a Central Valley orchard, seem almost sentient, quietly watching, as parts of the world move more quickly, and others, even more slowly.

Grit and Tone

The misty early mornings allow the fullest spectrum of shade and texture variations to be captured. This view of a small irrigation canal that flows under a farmer's utility road illustrates my point, the textures and tones, from this angle of abstraction, render an image that continues to peak one's interest.

Vanishing

I love waterways in the early morning as the tully fog (more technically known as radiation or valley fog) is just lifting off the ground. A super-wide angle lens furthers the effect of the distant points fading off into nothingness.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Home Delivery

I have been stuck inside the house the last few days as I have been quite ill. Saddened to not get to do any photography, thinking I may not get to see the vibrant colors of Mexico for quite a while. Just then, the setting sun burst through the windows in front of the house and illuminated this chair and pillows with a lovely golden light. What a treat to have a photo opportunity delivered right inside my home.

How Long Ago

When I look at doorways like this, and then recall how frequent the repair and touch-up processing is undertaken all over San Miguel, I realize that an air of antiquity wants, so desperately, to descend upon these buildings, just as chaos wants to emerge from order.

Cerrado

This alley, Callejon de Los Muertos, comes directly off of the oldest cemetery in San Miguel (Cementerio Viejo). It was a gorgeous set of house but put together in a peculiar way as it slowly, almost imperceptibly narrowed to point where it joined a more major street, however, by that time, it had narrowed to such a degree that now auto could pass through. Apparently, there had been a regular occurrence of cars getting stuck, so this alley has been closed to traffic.

Azul

While almost all of San Miguel was in the gritty tones of ancient stone or lush and vibrant yellows, oranges and reds, this one building had the most amazing blue. I actually waited for a day with clouds to have some contrast before photographing it.

Stairway

Soft light fading into black silence has always evoked a mysterious if not foreboding feeling for me

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

La Katrina

La Katrina is one of the Mexican popular names for death, and the marigold is her flor de muerto, the "death flower" that actually celebrates life. Lady Death is often depicted with a flower in her Victorian hat and a bustled dress. This less stylized image was a both beautiful and chilling to see in person.

Casa de mi Madre



My mother is an extraordinary woman. While there are many credits to her name, I would like to honor the fantastic home that she built in Mexico. She decided that this was something she wanted to do, researched, found the land, learned the legal requirements, designed the house, procured the materials and oversaw the construction. The result is simply fabulous. These images, using a super wide angle lens, capture a lot of information at one time, but don't relay the scale of the house, which was perfectly executed.