Author Archive for david alan harvey
Verona. Yesterday afternoon I was a typical tourist with an iPhone taking snapshots and savoring the winter sun. The Italian wing of @burnmagazine is gathered to help get me through my TEDx talk tonight, drink some fine wines, and plan our future publishing ventures. My talk is titled Art as Life under the broad TEDx theme of Beyond the Wall where I will be part of a 12 speaker ensemble. As a kid in grade school I was unable and terrified to even stand in front of my class to make a book report, and this totally feels like that. I am totally looking forward to this being over. Mrs.McClannan, my 6th grade teacher, would understand. She did introduce me to Shakespeare so I guess it all makes sense. Stay tuned. #Tedx #verona
Verona, Italy. Maya stopped by my table tonight. Begging. Loves Italian bread. 4 years old, Maya is part retriever part shepherd. She can have my bread anytime. Sweet Maya.
What’s more fun than photographing an old abandoned house in a snowstorm? Hmmm wasn’t I just in Rio a few days ago? Anyway,we rarely get snow in the Outer Banks and most houses are inhabited at the beach , so none of this is the norm. This house most likely dates back to 1880 according to owner Chaz Winkler and Dorothy Hope who run the Outer Banks Beachcomber Museum which is open to the public one day per year. I gotta love this place :) Anyway they hope to restore this house when they can raise the funds to do so. Chaz claims the place has sturdy guts to it. “They built em strong back then” he says. Like many of the old houses here, Chaz thinks this one is in its third location. These barrier islands move constantly, so only castles of sand are built here. Those of us crazy enough to live here know it’s a movable feast. We’er here for the weather. For better and for worse. #obx #outerbanks #nagshead #leica #monochrom
Retro. 1968. My grandmother, Leona Harvey, in her kitchen. Lawton, Iowa. She grew up with a simple spartan farmer’s daughter then farmer’s wife lifestyle. No nonsense. No frills. No electricity. No running water. No complaints. Drove her own car, maintained her own house til she passed at 97. I have now in my house a beautiful cut glass water pitcher that she received as a wedding present. She didn’t want to “show off” so she kept it hidden in a closet in its original box her whole life. She and my grandfather ( farmer, photo hobbyist, fisherman and trumpet player) got in their farm pickup truck once and drove two lane roads to see our family “back east” in Virginia. Non stop. No point wasting money on a motel. “Grammy” and I were close. Her apple pies the best. Salt of the earth folks there in Iowa. Humble, self sufficient. She only let me take this one picture. She would really be mad at me if she knew I published it. Only this one Grammy only this one. Big love
Super retro. 1958. My brother Gary,8, fishes in the Mahoning River in Warren, Ohio. This is one of my earliest prints. I was 14. Omega B2 enlarger. Leica IIIF. Tri-X film. Medalist #3 paper. In those days my only photo subjects were my family. Close then, close now. #leica #childhood #fishing #ohio
Roseate spoonbill. Everglades Nat.Park, Florida. This is a change of pace shot. One of the very few times I have used a long lens. #spoonbill #telephoto #everglades #florida
Rio de Janeiro. The Wall. My 6-7 weeks of shooting on BeachGames zine comes down to this wall. This is not a sequence, not a layout. Simply the best pictures up so I could walk around with a coffee or beer and study the images. To think about what works and what doesn’t . These selects will probably be cut by 50%. When I start the layout I will know for sure. It’s to be a zine not a book. For sure it’s a real life story. Not documentary in the traditional sense. Yet an authentic adventure or diary. This ends my shooting in Rio which started in 2010.. A NatGeo story (2012) and my book (based on a true story ) came out of this long immersion. Now my final BeachGames to be published this spring. Is this goodbye to Rio? Well for shooting probably yes. I have squeezed the lemon. Time to move on. However I will always return to see my Carioca friends who are so dear to me. I thank them all from the bottom of my heart. No project I ever did ran this deep. The Wall. Life.
Rio de Janeiro. Thunderstorm sends everyone running. It’s that time of year. Winter is coming. Last days of summer. Temperatures will soon drop to as low as 65 F in mid winter. July. Yet summer is not over . I left Rio yesterday and it was 100F..I got home to 9F. A 90 degree F flip. Now sitting by my fire. Dreaming of winter in Rio. #beachgames #rio #leica #monochrom
Rio de Janeiro. I could not imagine anyone trying to have a marriage ceremony in the middle of a Carnaval bloco party, yet this couple seemed to think it was a good idea. It was chaotic to say the least. The groom, Vinicius Avelino, did disappear about three minutes after the ceremony but the bride, Juliana Cerqueira, didn’t seem too surprised. After all it is Carnaval. #beachgames #rio #leica #monochrom
Rio de Janeiro. CandyBox club at the Sambodromo during Carnaval. #beachgames #rio #carnaval
Rio de Janeiro. One of my friends and workshop “fixer” Flavia Davies takes a night swim on Ipanema. Beaches are often crowded here at night. It’s often just too hot in the day. #beachgames #Rio #Ipanema
Rio de Janeiro. It’s over. Done. I still have a day or so to be here to finish my BeachGames zine, yet I know I’m done. It’s a let down to come out of the zone. Drug addict. So I will need another fix as soon as I can. Yet now I must flip. Go from pure passion to pure production and get things moving with layout and printing. I must go from dreamer to decider. Both work for me. Still mostly I will be searching for my next dream. #beachgames #rio#leica #monochrom #burnmagazine
Rio de Janeiro. Selfies are the rule these days. Carnaval is rolling now and well the town is a bit crazy.. Which is of course the expectation. I prefer working the edges over the packed blocos. I am on final last push for BeachGames. I get totally fired up at times like this. This zine is gonna be real, gritty, and an honest diary. I have always loved diaries. Everybody’s life is a story. Not one better than the other. It’s only in the telling of the story that might make a difference in perceptions. BeachGames. A real life story. #Rio #beachgames
Phototips #16: How To Prevent Theft