Work And Play In Mexico

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Personal Work

Heading out the door to photograph author Richard Kelley for his new book Deathstroke, I had no idea that I would be kicking it with him on the coast of Mexico just a few weeks later.  Networking, and asking questions have served me well during my young career, and this was the crown jewel of examples.  During the photo shoot with Richard, it came up that he has an incredible home called The Sandcastle, in Ixtapa Mexico that he spent over 10 years building.  As I was asking questions, it turned out that Richard needed photography of his house in Mexico for some upcoming projects and articles, and he asked if I would be interested in photographing it. Yes. No need to really think about that one.  

I spent 5 days in June photographing the Sandcastle and relaxing.  I mean working.  I have never experienced a place as amazing as this one.  Most people never get an experience like this, and I am truly grateful for it.  But I am even more grateful, because this winter I was able to go back with my wife and family for a week of sunshine while it was raining in Seattle.  

There is no front door to the house.  Just a spiral staircase that winds up to the pool deck, passing several other rooms along the way.  The thought and care that went into designing and building the house really is amazing.  It took one man 2 solid years to paint the house to give it an old worn look.  Most of the floors on all seven levels of the house are carved stone.  There is a perfect half inch groove between every stone, and the grooves in each room run into a drain.  This makes it possible to walk anywhere in the house soaking wet.  A brilliant little feature that I think we will start to see more of in new suburban homes in the States…

Below is a slide show of some of my pictures from both of my trips, as well as my portrait of Richard Kelley who made this whole thing possible.  Many thanks Richard!
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hey- i recently started following your blog. each post has been truly inspiring. these images are stunning. nice work.

posted by gabi on 03.17.09 at 8:02 am

amazing! my jaw just hit the ground. what a beautiful home to visit!

posted by Kim Hayes on 03.17.09 at 8:24 am

Nice photos John! Love the color!

posted by Feekner on 03.17.09 at 11:38 am

Beautiful stuff and looks like an amazing place.

posted by Clay Anthony on 03.17.09 at 10:31 pm

I’m envious of both you and the house! :-)

Beautiful architecture, and you took some fantastic photos that are worthy of it.

posted by Miserere on 03.21.09 at 7:10 pm

man. you photographers have it rough. Nice work John.

posted by Ashley on 04.29.09 at 6:25 pm

Wow, I need to learn how to network like you do ;) That house is stunning!

posted by Oliver Peng on 07.23.09 at 1:33 am

Pretty amazing huh!? He rents this place out, and I would say it would be worth every cent! It is like nothing I have ever experienced in my life. So relaxing.

posted by John Keatley on 07.23.09 at 7:45 am

really nice view…nice shoot

posted by Kent on 07.28.09 at 12:01 am

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