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Top ballet dancers take a break during a photo shoot in Havana. Talented ballet dancers in Cuba are chosen at childhood for a special life. Through the Cuban National Ballet or supported troupes they perform all over the world making Cuba one of the most respected countries grooming pro dancers. Even though Cuba has limited resources, it has always been a country supporting vigorously both athletes and artists.


A random restaurant meeting a few days ago in the outer banks NC led me to a wedding kiss photo at the Avalon fishing pier. Wendy Mora and Martha Bazante, both new residents of OBX, were married in a small ceremony on the beach, not an uncommon sight on this barrier island. I met these two lovely women because Wendy had painted on her face a butterfly that matched one of my tattoos, so a conversation started. In Spanish. Wendy is from Costa Rica and Martha from Colombia. Wendy paints faces for weddings, birthdays, parties etc. My best wishes to both and hoping we all meet again. Butterflies are free.

New friends


New friends. Playa Santa Maria, Cuba. March 2017. Shot for “BeachGames” zine upcoming this year. Twists and turns and outcomes are totally irrelevant. Love is love. Catch it if you can.


My friend, pro model/actress/photographer Kathryn @kathrynbrolin, takes a break from her own photo shoot recently in Havana to be in one of my photographs. Kathryn is serious about producing her own book of photographs. I’m helping her to think photo book, and at the same time she’s now a character in my BeachGames zine to be produced this year. Most of us have a few rough edges in life. So it’s such a luxury when everything simply flows.

Owen Alan Harvey

I’m guessing that everyone in this audience feels they spend half their life on the computer and the phone. I know I do, and I’m traveling around shooting all the time. 90% of my computer time is spent looking at pictures, yet still I must force myself to walk away and get on my bike or take a hike. My relationships are often on Skype or FaceTime as well, so about a year ago I started shooting my screens. Portraits. The subject controls the camera of course, so my only job is to coax a bit. My good nephew Seth, and his bride of one year Ahlam, have been subjects of my IG stream many times. Now, as of 4 days ago, along comes little Owen Alan Harvey born at home in Beverly, Mass, with the aid of two midwives and a tub of warm water. Sounds perfect to me. Owen is the first boy in our family for 35 years. That last boy was Seth, now a pro pilot. Seems not so long ago I was looking at Seth as an infant. So life moves too damned fast and I must capture it as I can. Screenshots are better than no shots. Welcome Owen to your Harvey clan heritage where the only rule is to just be who you are! I have no doubt that with parents like Ahlam and Seth you will be all that you can be. 🎈


I’ve had more than a few adventures the last 5 weeks shooting/mentoring in Cuba and Puerto Rico, then ending with seminars in the U.K. Yet nothing beats coming home to this. Wizards of social media tell me I shouldn’t put my sentimental family pictures on my IG. Yet I can’t help it. Those of you who track me here well know I’ve had some great muses for my BeachGames work, yet sweet Lyla,3, just has to be my top model of all. Mom Michelle and dad Bryan have a bundle of energy and creativity and intelligence on their hands. They have big responsibilities. I have the incredible luxury of simply observing. Travel to exotic places is of course exhilarating, but my front porch is as far as I need to go for a bit. Birds sing, the afternoon light warms, and Lyla’s laugh goes straight to my heart, remembered now forever.



Sebastião Salgado, Frans Lanting, and I all ended up last night in Birmingham UK. It was a cold and rainy night so we elected to have dinner together in our hotel restaurant with no other customers. Empty. Not the place to be. Perfect! The food wasn’t so bad and we all had a chance to catch up without interference. We’ve all been friends since we started in this crazy biz with big dreams, yet we rarely have a chance to meet. The big warm. We are all presenters at The Photography Show here in Birmingham. Cheers to my dear friends🎈



“She’s making movies on location. She don’t know what it means. But the music makes her want to be the story. And the story was whatever was the song”… Mark Knophler


McCartney sings via jukebox light “Love Me Do” as Olivia feels it. El Batey bar in Old San Juan is a dream bar for photographers day or night. The jukebox, the light, the whole laid back scene a favorite of mine. I always love shooting OSJ yet on Sunday I flip culturally. Off to the U.K. I go. First to Birmingham and The Photography Show where I present on March 21. Better check their website . Then I am in London at the Barbican March 24. Last, yet most important, is my 3 day Magnum @magnumphotos workshop March 22-24 in London. See Magnum website for more info. In my head McCartney sings “Band on the Run”.



My workshop class is rocking here in Old San Juan. I’m shooting too. Two of my muses for BeachGames in the last 2 years came together here. Olivia and Liaryz had not met prior. Yet they both fell into the spirit of the story.