Author Archive for david alan harvey

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Ode to Rio

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I’m at the beach. Just not this beach. However, Rio de Janeiro is on my mind. Always. I’ve pretty much finished shooting there for my upcoming book BeachGames. Yet I may do a photo workshop there again this winter. Shooting the same place over and over has its dangers. Artistically. Overkill? Or passion still on fire? I’m expanding the whole essay a bit geographically, yet couldn’t resist a little ode to Rio. Now I’ll take a swim at my home beach. Always #1 of course. Picture coming soonest. #rio #fasanohotel #monochrom

Double retro

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Retro. Double retro. I always try to show the pictures to my subjects that I’ve taken. It took me 14 years to get back to remote San Juan Atitan in the Guatemala highlands to show this man his picture( left) that had appeared in NatGeoMagazine for a story on the Maya culture. He told me he was expecting me. He was not the slightest bit upset I was 14 yrs late! Then I made the photo on the right. NatGeo then published our second reunion . I mean what Guatamalan farmer gets his photo in NatGeo twice ! This spread is from the photo book “In Focus” featuring many NatGeo photogs. He was dressed just like this both times with zero manipulation on my part except to get him back to the same blue wall in the center of town. He is dressed as are all men in his small mountain top village. This is everyday working man’s traditional clothing. The Maya culture is among the most fascinating cultures ever with fewer concessions to modernization than any culture I’ve seen. Very strong as an indigenous culture. If you are a photographer please always send or take pictures back to those you photograph. It just works out right on every level. #maya

A flow of friends

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When I’m in New York almost every afternoon I’m reviewing a young photographers work. Now here in the outer banks it’s about the same . I have a constant flow of friends who are students and students who are friends or friends of friends. It’s not unusual they shoot here as well stealing images of my super photo savvy cats. #outerbanks #cats

Retro

11846763_10155917853875022_1780117680278420689_n Retro. From an essay on Paris teenagers. I spent several weeks with one group of about 8 Paris high school students for a special edition on France for NatGeoMagazine. I became a part of their lives and they in mine , just as I do on most projects my whole photo life. If you are serious about photography you will eventually want to put your work in context. If the work is curated and positioned, it will live on in books and exhibitions etc. This single frame is the one photo from this summer long essay that has taken this positioning. What I liked about it mostly was that it was taken on the Seine about 200 yards from the front door of Henri Cartier-Bresson who I’ve admired since childhood. He would have hated the picture of course. He hated color. Yet we must be influenced then we must walk away. At the very same time I’ve always struggled with color myself and always shoot color as if it were b&w. Pretend this is b&w. It should still work. #paris #teenagers

Rooftop gardens

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Somebody (not me) should do a book or portfolio on rooftop gardens in New York. There are some absolutely amazing gardens in seemingly the most unlikely places. The small vegetable and flower garden on my rooftop is not one of the most spectacular, yet adds to the community feel our building has always personified. We will sadly lose this view soon. A tall building will be built between us and the East River blocking Manhattan forever from our sight. Our building itself will most likely get sold and probably face the wrecking ball to make way for a modern condo. Nothing ever stays the same. Especially in New York where buildings really do seem to grow faster than flowers. My neighborhood has just gotten way too gentrified and popular. Prices up. Artists out stockbrokers in. My building is one of the last of its kind in New York. Beautifully ugly beautifully real. I’m toying with the idea of shooting its demise. I’ve always shot a lot here as have the many photographers who’ve lived here over the years. The Kibbutz. How can you love a building? Well you just can. #thekibbutz#newyorkgardens

Nick Nichols portrait

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I started out this morning to take a portrait of Michael “Nick” Nichols, NatGeo editor, explorer and photographer for an upcoming interview for BurnMagazine. I ended up instead with a picture featuring Reba his lover partner friend for 40 years. They are with my family this weekend with their two sons Eli and Ian. Reba is an exhibited painter and is pretty much the family glue. A spontaneous kiss shows it all. This is picture #4 in a series of 4 of my weekend self assignment.

Family weekend

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Picture number 3 in a series of 4 in my self assigned family weekend. #outerbanks

Outerbanks

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Outer Banks N Carolina. #outerbanks

Retro

1610972_10155840055645022_873040097838668119_n Retro. Atacama Desert, Chile. On assignment NatGeo. From my book Divided Soul (Phaidon).#chile #kodachrome #leica

Surf lessons

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Surf lessons. This little sweetheart has no choice but to be a surfer girl and a photographer. That is until she figures out what she wants to be. Surfing is the most pure sport. Natures energy. All here all now. Family snaps my favorite hobby. ‪#‎obx‬