Author Archive for david alan harvey
Early morning light hits a Catholic Church in the middle of a sugar cane plantation in Bahia, Brazil. I had been photographing the cane cutters for several days when I came across this quilombo settlement and church deep inland. I could only imagine what it might look like on Sunday morning from the air. Yet I gambled it could be spectacular since the church faced east. So I drove several hours back to Salvador and tried to remember all the twists and turns on dirt roads ( this was before google maps pin drop) ..I convinced a helicopter pilot to take off before sunrise because I thought if we flew super low I could find my way back to the quilombo. For awhile we were lost and flying aimlessly. I couldn’t find the church in the dark. Then just as the sun came up we spotted the church and the locals all headed for early Mass. Leica M6, Velvia film. #bahia #brazil #quilombo #sugarcane #church
My dear friend photographer @irablockphoto tonight at dinner in Brooklyn. Ira’s book on Cuban baseball is upcoming. A self initiated project of about 2 years of work. Everybody loves Ira. He’s funny, serious, playful, dedicated, talented, and super pro. Quick witted yet thoughtful. Keep an eye out for Ira’s baseball book. Ira also has enough “blackmail” on me from years past to keep me friendly forever. Isn’t that what friends are for?
I have just arrived in Louisville, Kentucky for my exhibit at the Paul Paletti Gallery which opens in about two hours. Yea cutting it close. I haven’t seen the show yet because I was shooting in Puerto Rico when it was hung. If you happen to be in Louisville come on by for a look and a glass of bourbon. 5-8pm. Tonight April 7. Show hangs til end of June. #louisvilleky
Afternoon storm builds outside the broken wall of an old lighthouse built in 1889 that the locals call “las ruinas” near Wilderness surfers beach on the west side of Puerto Rico.#puertorico #jobos #fujixpro2
Sunset pose. Jobos, Puerto Rico. After teaching my workshop in Old San Juan, I came to Jobos and havn’t moved. In general I don’t move much. I tend to fly far from home, yet then settle into a new “home” so I can get to know those around me and blend into the scene. Jumping from place to place just isn’t my thing. Do I miss some good scenes by not being the perfect tourist? Surely I do. Yet for me it’s more about mood than about a new place. I can’t go everywhere and see everything anyway. I think photographers often burn out trying to do so. So I figure wherever I am when the vibe is right is THE place to be. Pictures are everywhere. I would rather hang tight in a few places than scramble to see dozens. After I’m totally saturated in one location, then I may move. So for a world traveler I havn’t been to that many places, yet I sure have seen a lot. #beachlife #springbreak #beachgames #surfer #puertorico #jobos #fujixpro2 #sunset
This is not Jesus. This is a representation of one of the two allegedly common criminals who were crucified with Jesus. Re-enacted last night in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. In my years of photographing the Spanish cultural diaspora into the Americas, I’ve photographed many a Good Friday procession in many Catholic countries. So for about 3 hours last night I was totally immersed. Intense. And of course I have many pictures of a cross carrying actor Jesus whipped while walking the streets and eventually symbolically hung in front of the church. I will post one of those as well. Yet the odd juxtaposition of this secondary actor with a crowd paying no attention to him caught my eye. This just after sunset light was surreal. Even more so with college spring break fiestas raging in bars a half block away. All this and more coming up in next IG posts. #Easter #goodfriday #sanjuan #puertorico #fujixpro2