Author Archive for david alan harvey

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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

Bruno under the umbrella



Rio de Janeiro. I just have to love all of the beach workers and sellers in Rio. An interesting cast of characters all around who let you know what they are selling yet do not over hustle. No matter how crowded the beaches here, one can always get a chair and a caipirinha fast. Bruno, setting up this umbrella, has also become a beach friend and photo subject. I almost always work this way. Get to know ONE beach worker for example and then photograph them over time. I am not a wanderer. I find my spot and stick. Why? Because first off I figure one place is as good as another. I let the people/pictures come to me. Looking around the next corner for pictures doesn’t work for me. I wait. Sure, for events etc , I am on the move. Yet to capture the beauty and gesture of everyday life, I simply live in it. #beachgames #copacabana #rio#burnmagazine




Rio de Janeiro. #rio #copacabana #burnmagazine#beachgames

Elevator ride

Rio de Janeiro. Elevator ride. #rio #copacabana#beachgames #burnmagazine