Author Archive for david alan harvey

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Abandoned house


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

Grandma Leona

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


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

The Wall

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.

#beachgames #Rio

Last days of Summer

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

CandyBox club

Rio de Janeiro. CandyBox club at the Sambodromo during Carnaval. ‪#‎beachgames‬ ‪#‎rio‬ ‪#‎carnaval‬

Night swim


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 is Over

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

Pool Party


Rio de Janeiro. Pool party. #beachgames



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

Phototips #16: How To Prevent Theft


Melissa Carter



Rio de Janeiro. Melissa Carter, one of my photo workshop students, relaxes at dinner. Melissa is here in Rio with her mother who is also her primary photo subject. Melissa’s essay on her mother will be on Burn soonest. #rio #beachgames #ipanema


Sambodromo Carnaval Parade



Rio de Janeiro. The gay gala camarote at the Candybox in the Sambodromo Carnaval parade ground. Super good vibes all around. Stay tuned for my upcoming BeachGames zine. A real life story.#rio#beachgames

Full moon



Rio de Janeiro. A full moon rises over Botofogo Bay and the Christ statue Corcovado. I like to mix landscape work with more intimate people interaction photographs simply to give a sense of place.#beachgames #rio #moon



BeachGames essay soon. To publish as a zine this spring by BurnBooks. I must make very clear this is fiction “writing” not photojournalism nor traditional photo document. It is my second “story” in Rio and most surely my last. Yes perhaps a sequel to my (based on a true story) yet very different and a bit closer to the “edge”. Stay tuned #beachgames#rio #copacabana #skate