San Miguel de Allende

As I slowly finish the most travelled year of my life, I’ve found some time to review my photographs, experiment with medium format film and print, and continue writing. Coming up on the winter months in Chicago as well as almost ten months since visiting San Miguel de Allende, I’d like to consider this the first of several retrospective posts to come in the next few months.

Having grown up in Texas, Mexico was always the closest international trip available. But in my experience, the Mexico I knew was filled with spring break partiers, beautiful beaches and various western hotel chains. It wasn’t until I landed in Guanajuato, drove through some rough areas of rural Mexico and arrived in San Miguel that I knew I hadn’t ever experienced authentic Mexico. This small albeit insanely beautiful city is now, and will always be, my ideal Mexico.

There are many aspects of San Miguel that I love, but my absolute favorite has to be the colors. From the clothing to the food and buildings, the city is alive with bright, bold colors. From strong reds and oranges to bright purples and blues, there are minor aspects that may remind you of Nice, Monaco or even Paris, but the colors found in San Miguel are unlike any other place I’ve visited. In addition to the beautiful colors, San Miguel, is known to be home to various artists, writers and creative individuals including photographers who have created exhibits solely on the intricate architectural details. As I spent time exploring the city and connecting with its people, it left me feeling more inspired and creative every day. From merchants on the streets to interactions with our guides, I found the people of San Miguel to be genuinely open, warm and welcoming. I absolutely loved our time in San Miguel and look forward to returning in the future.

Images below were taken with the Sony A7 Mark ii, Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA, Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA, Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4.0 ZA OOS, and Leica 24mm f/1.4 Summilux.