by Douglas Steakley
About the Book
The photographs in this collection have been taken over the past several years during the many trips I have made throughout Mexico. I particularly enjoy traveling in the small colonial cities and villages such as Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allene and Patzcuaro.
The Mexican aesthetic is bold and direct, employing strong linear elements, straightforward composition and vivid color. It is an integration of Indian and Spanish influences and these combined tastes are reflected in their art, architecture, dress and fine handicraft objects.
This book also contains a small essay on El Dia de Los Muertos, The Day of The Dead celebration which I have visited several times.
Doug Steakley is a widely recognized photographer from Carmel Valley, California. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University and his interest in adventure travel led him to pursue photography full time. His distinct images range from the Monterey Peninsula in California where he lives, to many international destinations where he enjoys traveling. Four books of his photography have been published: Pacific Light, Images of The Monterey Peninsula, in 2000, and Big Sur and Beyond, The Legacy of The Big Sur Land Trust, in 2001. Two later books were published by Countryman Press: A Photographer’s Guide To The California Coast, in 2005, and Photographing Big Sur in 2011. Doug supports and works closely with several land preservation groups and a variety of his images have been published in annual reports and in many other related publications. In 2003, he received the Ansel Adams Award from The Sierra Club for his conservation photography.