Thursday, May 17, 2012

Doors and Windows Gallery

I have always enjoyed photographing doors and windows, especially in old Spanish colonial towns in Mexico and Central America. I spied the attractive flower-bedecked window pictured below while exploring the back streets of downtown Puebla (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) in Central Mexico. What struck me most was the incredible amount of care that the owners of the house had put into presenting an exuberant and welcoming face to the outside world. You can find this image in my Doors and Windows gallery.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Last Journey

This is one of my favorite Mexico images (see it in my San Miguel de Allende gallery). I was out exploring with my camera early one morning in the Spanish colonial town of San Miguel de Allende when I spotted this elderly woman walking slowly beneath the colonnade that flanks San Miguel's main square. She reminded me of the last journey that we all must eventually take. I saw the closed door at the end of the graceful passageway as symbolizing the unknown, the mystery and eternal rest that lie beyond this fleeting life full of hardship and yet great beauty.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Black and White Pre-Hispanic Ruins Gallery

Most of my images are in color, but I now have a gallery on my photo website called Pre-Hispanic Ruins in Black and White. This gallery contains photos of well known archaeological sites that I have visited in Mexico and Central America. The images were created from color shots by using a digital filter that mimics the results photographers get when using infrared film. The characteristic darkened skies and eerie glowing highlights reinforce the mystery of these long-abandoned ancient cities, many of which are either shrouded in tropical jungle or perched on barren hilltops.

The photo of the Mayan pyramid below is one of favorites in this gallery. It was taken in the appropriately named "Lost World" complex at the ruins of Tikal in northern Guatemala.Tikal is arguably the grandest of the cities built by the ancient Maya, and it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

New Gallery Collections

I have recently added a number of new gallery collections to my photo website. They appear at the top of my galleries listings. I've also added a search box that allows for searching the galleries within a specific collection. Hopefully this will make finding images easier.

The image above appears on the cover of my Puebla, Mexico, gallery. Behind the angel statue is the facade of a Spanish colonial building covered in Talavera tiles, for which the city of Puebla is justly famous. I shot the angel with a long zoom mounted on a monopod in order to compress the perspective. Although I'm not particularly religious, I found this scene to have a "heavenly" quality about it.