In January 2015, Lesha was invited to photograph the largest archeological site of western Mexico, Guachimontones. She would be assigned to photograph the landscape—and 200 plus of the institution’s artifacts. She asked if I’d be interested in coming and giving assistance. Of course I eagerly accepted this rare opportunity. With our essential photo gear, plus strobes, soft boxes and stands—we were off and away to the Mexican state of Jalisco!
Located in the Pueblo of Teuchitlán is this stunning interpretive center and sprawling sacred site of Pre-Columbian ancestry. The most visited archeological site is located just a short hike, on the main road, above the interpretive center. Additionally, scattered about the surrounding hills of the northern plateaus are plentiful evidence of this indigenous community.
After settling in, Lesha and I assembled a studio inside the lab with a few simple stations for photographing a great variety of artifacts made from ceramic, stone and obsidian—including pottery, tools, jewelry and figures. We spent the great majority of our trip on-site; even spending our evenings and sleeping in the lab. It was an extraordinary assignment and an experience we may never imitate.