Photos From San Miguel

My connection to San Miguel de Allende Mexico started in 2013. Kate Joyce, a good friend of mine from my advertising days in Boston, had purchased a home there five years before. Being a former photographer’s rep she knew of San Miguel’s popularity as a fashion shoot destination and bought a house (Casa de la Ventanas) to be used as a rental for photography and film crews.

The destination’s popularity was cemented in the 1970’s, when Vogue Magazine photographer Debora Turbeville bought what is now the Casa No Name and turned it into a popular set for New York fashion. Magazines of the day rushed to San Miguel to take advantage of it’s old world colonial architecture, colorful streets and a temperate mountain climate where flowers are always in bloom.

Kate had invited me to visit for years and I finally took her up on it as an opportunity to shoot Di de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead celebrations. I’ve been to every Day of the Dead celebration since. The San Miguel bug bit me. It’s one of the more photogenic places I’ve ever been to and as always, the Mexican people are warm and welcoming. San Miguel has become one of my favorite places in the world for photographing people.

The city today is much more sophisticated and international then it was back in the Debora Turbeville days. Today it’s the home of over nine thousand x-pats, many of which are artists. It’s one of Mexico’s most important art destinations, with hundreds of galleries and artist’s from all over the world. The culinary industry has exploded as well, with world-class restaurants and famous international chefs. Yet with all of changes, much of San Miguel remains the same, a colorful, welcoming little mountain town and a mecca for anyone with a camera.

PS: My friend Kate now rents her home out to regular folks like us. Look at Casa de la Ventanas on the web and on Facebook. Pictures lower right.