In preparing for my first trip to San Miguel de Allende, I sought out reference books on the region and the town itself, as any traveler typically might. In addition to the usual tourist advice and how-to manuals on foreign travel, I found a number of books on the extraordinary architecture that often goes hand-in-hand with places of such historical significance. While fascinating and filled with outstanding portraiture, the viewpoint of these books was often of a wide-angled nature and I found myself unprepared for the riot of color and texture I encountered when stepping into the Centro Historico of this UNESCO World Heritage Site for the first time.
Like most small towns in Mexico, San Miguel’s architecture allows for the intense personal expression of color and texture without any sentimental or even practical consideration of what might exist next door. There is a particular joyousness to the unexpected yet harmonious clashes that arise from this pursuit of individuality, as well as an underlying order to what may at first appear to be chaos. This collection attempts to showcase the way in which intersections of color and texture can collide, creating unexpected art of surprising beauty.
An admirer of both whiskey and weird facial hair, Corbett Campbell is passionate about left hand turns and is obsessed with the idea that abandoned furniture has the potential to make the world a better place. When he's not masterfully playing the corporate game, you will find him stalking the city streets on a constant hunt for the perfect angle. He also seeks the wholesome sort of fame that might breed a purpose greater than money and magazine covers and kindly asks that you pass this on. Mr. Campbell currently finds himself living in San Francisco, California, with his loving wife, beautiful daughter and their adorable ghost cat. I shoot things at home and on the road.
Have a Seat Published April 13, 2010