By Camie Sands & Lander Rodriguez
Twenty year’s experience in Hollywood working in television and film as an actor, writer and director is reflected in the photography of Ted Davis through careful composition, lighting, and clear story-telling. Ted and his partner, Sam Dike a professional chef, personally trained by Julia Child, Jacques Pepin, and Wolfgang Puck are relative newcomers to San Miguel.
“We opened our Galería de Fotografía on the night of November 20th, 2014 – Revolution Day in Mexico! We had a wonderful crowd at our opening,” said Ted. Prior to landing in San Miguel they had two galleries in the U.S. Virgin Islands over the past ten years. The vibrant and sophisticated arts and literary community of San Miguel and the visitors from all over the world who come to enjoy it were their inspiration to open the gallery here. Even so, the diversity of their clientele, from the U.S. and Canada, to many clients from Mexico City, Queretaro, Guadalajara, and as far away as Australia has been a welcome surprise for them.
Ted and Sam discovered San Miguel as tourists a few years ago and it was love at first sight. Ted shares that love of San Miguel in some of his most popular photographs. One of Ted’s iconic scenes of San Miguel is making its way around the nation and world right now as buyers take it home. “We have a large photograph of Aldama street bathed in golden light in our gallery front window and people love it,” said Ted. “It was taken during a lovely sunset on September 15, 2014, Mexican Independence Day! For a few brief moments Aldama was empty and I was able to capture a rare moment as Aldama is rarely void of cars and people. We’ve sold many prints of this photograph, and we’re just about to ship a huge framed one to a couple who return every year and want to have a piece of San Miguel in their home in Oklahoma.”
Of newer works Ted explained, “I was out at La Cienega de Juana Ruis recently and stumbled upon an old abandoned church. The light was just right, and there was livestock tethered on the trees surrounding it. I printed the photograph, one of my new favorites, to look like it was taken a hundred and fifty years ago! But in every corner around San Miguel there are beautiful moments of life. People go about their days in a peaceful, contented and yet picturesque way, and the colors and architecture of course make dreamy subjects.”
‘Martini Splash’ cocktail napkins, coasters, and bar towels are also extremely popular in their gallery located at Zacateros 81B. “Who knew San Miguel had a shortage of places to find cool cocktail napkins and that Ted Davis Galería would become the place to find them?” commented Sam, certainly the party planner of the duo.
As far as promotion of their gallery, Sam said, “We love the San Miguel de Allende Walking & Shopping Guide. It was our ‘bible’ when we were visitors and continues to be a valuable resource now that we live and own a business here. We’ve met the most fascinating people and seen wonderful places because of the Walking Guide!”
Moving into their second year of business they want to thank their wonderful customers and collectors first and foremost, and their excellent suppliers, from frame builders to shippers. In the coming months they are looking forward to continued success along with the discovery of more magical people and places of San Miguel, and the rest of Mexico. Surely wonderful picture-perfect images will result.
Zacateros 81B, teddavisphotography.com 415-154-5935