After a recent vacay to San Miguel de Allende, I made a rookie mistake (that I never made as a rookie) in the darkroom. I ruined 2 rolls of film by processing them in the wrong chemistry. By the time I had discovered my film faux pas no amount of silver saving CPR could rescue the images. When the blank rolls revealed themselves, I was disappointed, yes, but mostly all I thought was “Cool, now I have more material for my Mardi Gras costume”. It also gave me the opportunity to write lines like “silver saving CPR”, haha.
In truth, I didn’t lose that many photos. Most of what I shot was for handtinting purposes, so I had captured the same images in digital. Still I was very careful when I processed the next roll. The camera I brought still had film in it, I wasn’t sure what was on it, but I soon discovered images from Zwolle, Louisiana – shot in 2014! Apparently it has been a while since I used that camera…There was only one image of San Miguel on the roll – an image of a Buddha. Somehow, it just made sense.
The statue was on the terrace of the apartment I stayed in. The first day I was there, my birthday, I woke up to a shadow of myself on the terrace.
The next day I woke up to a hot air balloon, which I since learned is a fairly common sight:
|Morning in San Miguel|
Signs of the spiritual were everywhere, not just on terraces, but all along the picturesque landscape of San Miguel.
So naturally I was drawn to sacred and somewhat sacreligious selfies..
|San Miguel Selfie|
|Slightly Sacreligious Selfie|
The last day of my trip was spent at the amaaaazing La Gruta hot springs.
(Where I took weird shadow selfies)
|Weird Shadow Selfie|
The color is intense in San Miguel, hence my desire to handcolor the film photos. (4th roll was the charm)
|Streets of San Miguel|
There were two images in particular that I really wanted to handcolor – one was the shop with the colorful brooms & bags,
|Shop with the colorful brooms & bags|
the other was of towels at La Gruta. The brooms survived, the towels did not. I have no idea why, with all the intense color in San Miguel, that this was the one image I was sad I did not get on film.
|La Gruta Towels|
It would have been nice to have those extra two rolls of film to explore some printing options. But unlike my 22, 32, or (who am I kidding..) my 42 year old self, my 44 year old self recognizes my good fourtune of the experience and what I was able to capture. At the end of the day I was chillin with the Buddha on the terrace anyway. All's good.
|Me 'n B|
Now I've got a Mardi Gras costume to prepare.
Til next time..
(c) Natasha Sanchez
Oh wait - carrots! I also shot some carrots.. :)
(c) Natasha Sanchez