guest post: katey joy goes to mexico.
I think some of you know my trusty assistant, katey joy, from previous posts, but katey joy recently took a trip to mexico, and i just had to have her share her colorful photographs from her amazing (solo!) trip south of the border.
I just got back from Mexico and I still can’t get over it! My first day I was in San Miguel Allende, which you’ve probably heard about as the ex-pat artist town featured in “House Hunters International” on HGTV or Sunset magazine.
I was prepared for an onslaught of gringolandia: cafes full of old white guys complaining loudly how hard it is to get the latest Harpers or New Yorker, for example. Actually, San Miguel was a really pleasant Mexican town and I would recommend anyone to go there! One striking thing about the town is that, contrary to the usual Mexican habit of painting houses crazy contrasting colors, all of central San Miguel is painted a warm red-orange-yellow color scheme. I think i found a wall where someone was testing out their potential palette. Creates a striking effect, but not quite what makes my heart sing, “Mexico Lindo y Querido”. I prefer the style best described as ”makes your eyes freak out” with color! That’s where Guanajuato comes in:
This beautiful colonial town, just a few hours from San Miguel Allende, is located in the central highlands north of Mexico City. It was easy to spend days getting lost in the labyrinth of steep callejones (alleyways) that make up the mostly car-free city center. There, you find the most impossible color combinations:
I put some photos from my trip on the pin board over my desk to remind me to mix-it-up! of course, the vibrant colors of Mexico aren’t just reserved for their exterior architecture. pretty much everything, from their traditional dress, to crafts, and ceramics are vibrantly over-saturated!
Needless to say, a Mexico trip was the perfect antidote for the gray-and-foggy monotony of San Francisco summer! I hope these colors have brightened up your summer day. thanks, katey joy
(you can see more from Katey joy’s trip on her Flickr page!).