Friday, July 18, 2008


Hey everybody,

Thank you as always for traveling to this page. I have been a little backed up on the picture front and have many things to show you. I hope you enjoy them.

The other week I was lucky enough to go to one of the best and most moving concerts I have been to in a long time. It was just incredible. I wish you all could have been there, and if you ever go to San Miguel please look this group up. The name is Gil + Cartas. And they play with Doc Severinsen. The website is and you should all buy CD's.

Gil and Cartas

I wish I had a sound clip because the live show is completely amazing. I actually almost left to table because I was becoming rather emotional after a couple glasses of wine. Absolutely beautiful. The violinist and the guitarist are the epitome of virtuoso and have been playing together since 1973. It is truly amazing that this caliber of experience can just fall into your lap.

If you would like to see a more extensive gallery it can be found on my flickr page.

Nicholas Pippins @ Flickr

Love and Peace,

P.S. Let me know what you think

Monday, July 7, 2008

I went on an amazing horse tour a week ago. It was beautiful. I can't believe I took my camera on a crazy Mexican horse. But it was definitely worth it, only because nothing happened. Thank you as always for looking.

The women in the picture go to my school, definitely do not smoke, and drink very little. It was hilarious. They bummed cigarettes from the cowboys and demanded that people start taking pictures.

The church is supposedly the first church in San Miguel, and was incredible. It looked well kept up. The statue I believe is Saint Anthony.

Peace and Love-

Monday, June 30, 2008

I have not done much interesting shooting in the last week. However, I have taken the opportunity to edit and upload some random pictures I have taken over the last month. The photographs of the doors I took on my first day at the Academia. The photograph of the flower I took last night. The other few I am not sure about. But thank you as always for looking. I hope you are having a relaxing and beautiful summer, even if you are really busy. Peace and Love.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

On Saturday I came by this amazing sight. I just love it here. You should all come sometime or another. At least to central Mexico. Central Mexico is rich with history of the indigenous peoples, the Christian evangelization (if that is a word) of those peoples, as well as the Mexican cause for independence.

So I just came upon this troupe of dancers participating in a traditional Aztec dance and ceremony. When I say I came upon them I really mean you could hear the drums and dancing from about 5 blocks away and I just happened to have my camera. It was beautiful. I wish I had a digital sound recorder so I could play a sound clip for you all. The dance was fast, colorful, complicated and beautiful. All ages participated in this dance, and it went on for more than an hour. Although it seemed that the women presided over the ceremony. I have concentrated on the costumes that were the most elaborate because they were the most attractive to my photographic eye. I will upload a more extensive gallery onto my flickr account soon if you would like to see more.

Thank you all for looking.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Two views from my current favorite restaurant, Cafe San Francisco. It is one of the only places in the Jardin that is worthwhile. Wonderful Mexican shrimp cocktails and fresh ingredients. Good Margarita's. Fabulous people watching and great view of the Parroquia. Beautiful.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Mas Locos

Mas Locos

Dia De Los Locos

Dia De Los Locos. The biggest and craziest parade I have ever seen.

There are beautiful people all over this city and all over the world. This women was waiting for something. I have no idea what. Her son, food, money. I took this picture across the street from the main church in the square. The life for most Mexicans here is remarkably religious. I am continually amazed at the amount of kindness that is shown between individuals despite many problems between classes. I will hopefully be blessed to show you many more individuals that live a life in the working class similar to this women.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Influence of Mexico

There is a beautiful park on the rich side of town in San Miguel, where there is a high concentration of million dollar homes.  Which was weird for me.  Million dollar homes in Mexico?  I suppose I should have known, especially in San Miguel.  There are a lot of very affluent poeple here and many more moving here.  So there are these artists who sell their art in this park every Saturday and Sunday.  It's just beautiful.   And the prices are good. 
So I had just looked at all this colorful mexican art before I took this picture.  When I got home and edited it I think I had this mexican sensibility to make everything too bright and colorful for anyones tastes, except mexicans I suppose.  So this may be the first in a series of color popin HDR shots of the city....ALL BEWARE.  Nick has been bitten by the Mexican.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

I just love some of these views from the street.  It's not the most striking architecture, but I feel it represents the city better.

children in San Miguel

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

A little HDR for you guys from a beautiful day

The sky was too beautiful to sacrifice, so I merged 3 exposure in photoshop so you can get the full beauty of these churches in San Miguel.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

A view of the sky from the patio of the house that Don and Donna Goertz keep in San Miguel.  A beautiful house in a beautiful place with beautiful people.  This is were I stayed on my first night in San Miguel.

First night on the town

The church in El Jardin. (the main square)  Yes this was handheld, who's got skills.
Some students that take spanish with me at the Academia.
Some more...
Great bar on the top floor of Mama Mia's