Author Archive for david alan harvey


Now is time to thank my dear friends Pablo Favela and Olivia Aviña who made everything happen for my two weeks of shooting here in Playa del Carmen. Both @pabloplacebo and @oliweirdtwist recently graduated from the @eafmexico Activa photo school in Mexico City. Our last day of shooting and we mostly shot pictures of each other. Nobody wants to say goodbye. As it should be.


I’m getting very confused about time. All night BeachGames shooting will do that to you. Here sunrise revelers feel an electronic beat. My shooting on this project with students will continue in March in Puerto Rico. See link in my IG profile. Portfolio review and skype interview required. One scholarship available for a talented PR photographer. I’ve just got one more day of shooting here in Playa del Carmen then off to Rome then home to get some perspective. Ha! My two week shoot here gave me maybe 2-5 pictures I can use for this zine. It’s hard to get those special few. Or even one.


Xpu-ha beach scene. BeachGames zine work in progress.

Beach scene

My team and I are working hard on BeachGames, my fiction photo novella upcoming.. it will be hot hot.. yet real.. yesterday was a primo day for us.. more fact than fiction..we got really really lucky with the light .. Jan was really really kissing Yun … Pablo was really really taking pictures of my student Alexandra …and we were really really stoned🚀.. honestly, collaboration at its best with each and every person keying off the other.. my job is just keeping everybody happy.


I just want to thank my good friend Yun Puente who has been a good second assistant as well as being one of my top characters for the BeachGames zine/book upcoming. She’s leaving in a couple of days to go back to her “real job”. I’m in the zone with my all Mexican cast. Check out IG Stories for a bit of the process. We are also going live here from time to time. That live bit is and stories are censored a bit so IG doesn’t shut me down. Use your imagination. The book of course won’t be censored.
Ok back to work.

Black and white

Playa del Carmen. My final push for BeachGames zine/book…On the other hand why would I ever want to finish?

Playa del Carmen

BeachGames. Playa del Carmen.

First day of BG

My first day of continuing BeachGames work near Playa del Carmen, Mexico. This book will be labeled fiction, yet I also do a lot of random “street” doc pictures like this as well. It will all fit into my twisted tale.

Tres amigos

I photographed these three amigas a couple of weeks ago in Mexico City at their rooftop hang spot and will now meet them again in Playa del Carmen. They will be the stars of my BeachGames book shoot. Good friends all. No plan other than to let everybody do their thing. I’ve got a one on one student for my first week of shooting and considering a 2-3 student workshop for the following week. Not a normal workshop. Simply a time for intense shooting on my part and mentoring by example and continuos critique. I can’t always have somebody with me when I’m working but I can in this beach game mode. Anything can happen. Serendipity the key. I will be building a book and can help others to do so. Contact: if you have the temperament for an educational hang in the atmosphere of a for real shoot. This whole thing was only “planned” a week ago. What I love about this work is that I have no idea what my next two weeks will be like except that they will be out of control. These ladies will show the way. I just do click click..

Playa del Carmen

I shot this a few years ago in Playa del Carmen, Mexico on a Magnum assignment. Going back next week to finish up BeachGames zine/book. My friends from Activa photo school in Mexico City will join me. They will be my subjects for the most part. I like most shooting the people I’m hanging with anyway. Makes for a good flow. I’m after nuance, so most likely the more I know the more mysterious I can be.