Author Archive for david alan harvey


12107189_10156250771280022_4480050023052743527_n Somewhere between San Juan and Jobos, Puerto Rico. Dasha just arrived from Ukraine to work on BeachGames and do my tech stuff and doing the same at my Miami Street Photography workshop next week in Miami. Yes I’m driving and grooving on Dasha’s soundtrack along with Payola @payolaisabel my fixer here in PR. We are traveling about 65mph and this is a selfie and my eyes appear closed. Yet it must have been just a blink because we’ve arrived safely at Jobos, a surfer’s dream. My whole family is now in PR .So we will have Thanksgiving here. Yea yea I know it’s not safe to drive and do selfies so I won’t do that again. I blame the sound track. #puertorico #sanjuan #beachgames #iphone

Skate bowl


El barrio La Perla. San Juan, Puerto Rico. This skate bowl and sometime swimming pool was built in 2005. The sweet beauty of this bowl is that it’s right on the beach. Matter of fact this barrio occupies the best waterfront location in San Juan yet has avoided tourist development. The locals want to stay local. I get keeping things real. My son Bryan was filming, and Michelle and Lyla nearby. The family on assignment. The way we’ve done it many times over the years. We all loved our new La Perla family as well. An afternoon to be remembered forever. #puertorico #sanjuan #fujifilm #laperla #skateboarding




San Juan, Puerto Rico. Skateboarder.

Puertorican cat


PiƱones, Puerto Rico. This is one of my favorite places to shoot in San Juan. When I find a fave spot I return again and again. I shot here years ago for my book “Divided Soul” and just returned yesterday for this picture. No way to plan something like this, yet the right mood is all it takes. Good vibes are where pictures come from, not spectacular places. This little restaurant on the beach is one of many. I just stopped here to get a sandwich and a beer. There was zero going on. Flat light. No music. No party. Many would say no picture here. Then I saw the cat. There’s always a key. I “talk” to my cats at home. This one a beauty who understood me. I wasn’t hungry any more. I got in “the zone” for about 10 minutes. I live for this. #fujifilm #sanjuan #cats #puertorico

Isla Verde


Sunrise Isla Verde, Puerto Rico. I like to shoot all the time including while I’m having my morning coffee, texting friends, and trying to figure out what to shoot.The eye needs its morning exercise. #iphone #sanjuan #puertorico #islaverde

Puerto Rico

12234851_10156228721565022_4086812455742472957_n I’ve just arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico. For the next two weeks I will be posting from here before heading to Miami. Yes, working on BeachGames. I have an odd little rule for myself. I shoot the very first thing I see when I arrive to a new location. Right off. I don’t weigh it, I just shoot it. To get my motor running. If I wait too long or think too much I might freeze. I also make friends with the first person I meet. So this birthday party was happening right in the lobby of my small beachside hotel as I was checking in, so I joined in not knowing anyone at all. I was treated as a guest instantly. Before my bags were even in my room. Surely I will be in all kinds of scenarios for the next month. Yet this is the first one. From past experience I know my new amigos here will take good care of me. The big warm and why I love my work so much. #puertorico #sanjuan #birthday

Palace hotel

12208296_10156214945965022_7625979241871758114_n Rio de Janeiro. Copacabana Palace hotel. From my book (Based on a True Story)#carnaval #brazil #rio #copacabana

Party town


Rio de Janeiro. Party town? Well yes for some. After three years of multiple visits to Rio I integrated into many social gatherings. This one a Carnaval party with lots of beautiful people at the Copacabana Palace hotel where I too wore black tie. This one went on til sunrise , or rather it is more accurate to say that I left the party at sunrise. It was time to turn in my rented tux. #rio #brazil #copacabana #carnaval

Carioca culture



Rio de Janeiro. From my book/magazine “Based on a True Story”, BurnBooks (link in profile). A kaleidoscope of imagery and life of the Carioca culture. Up close and personal. I get wrapped up in whatever I’m shooting. Get to know quickly a few people around me in any situation, then don’t move much. The only way to integrate is to stay put. I always figure that wherever I am is where the picture will be once inside any scenario. One thing I’m always telling my students is please don’t wander around looking for pictures. Wasted energy. Thinking something is around the next corner is usually futile. Have the eye of a hawk. Zero in. Be quiet, smooth,intense.#brazil #rio#basedonatruestory

Roberta Camilla and Renata

12189582_10156209127615022_2497500218010494992_n Rio de Janeiro. From my book (based on a true story) BurnBooks. This unbound book, and later magazine version, was a collaboration with many players not the least of whom was my son Bryan who created the final story matrix that has me even “reading” it to this day. Normally I never look at my own books. Once they are published I can’t look at them again. Not this one. It’s probably the only perfect or near perfect thing I’ll ever do and I still enjoy the ride Bryan @bryanharveyfilms takes us all on. I play a secondary role in this book. It took his filmmaker mind to make this particular story. Three of my “characters” are in this picture. Roberta, Camilla, and Renata who were a key players in this ensemble. Check it out. It’s even an ebook just released as an Apple app. As with the hard copy you can play with the sequencing if you so choose. We invite you to play. Yet a map will take you back to Bryan’s intended design flow. Rio has been the last few years fertile ground for me. My BeachGames book upcoming is the result of me just not able to leave Rio behind. I will love those Cariocas forever. Link in profile #rio #basedonatruestory #brazil