off for a family drive….

this last weekend i met some of my family in Colorado..we were so gathered to say goodbye to my youngest brother Craig who died peacefully, but suddenly , saturday before last …i now joined my mother Maryanna, my sister Patricia, husband Paul, and daughters Sara and Maria, and my brother Gary and his 35yr marriage bride Becky….

from birth, Craig has always drawn our family closer…my mother’s last child, Craig, was born with Down  Syndrome..a tradgedy to be sure, but either a family "splitter" or a family "bonder" as the only possible results of coping…we bonded then,  as now…catalysts come in many forms…

the mantra for my work  has always been,  authorship , authorship, and AUTHORSHIP…and in "keying" off of something PERSONAL …surely this was something that came to me instinctively or perhaps i just "had" to photograph in this way because of some childhood experiences etched so deeply in my psyche…who can know??

now i draw a big circle… with  "edges" out there so far that there are literally "no limits"…..i am full ON for what feels like  one of the most important ,  or  certainly the most personal,  "adult" project of my life….



i have no assignments to aid in production….nor have i  sought assignments …i feel compelled for many reasons to make this  essay  totally "clean"..preferring to produce  this "on my own",  at least in the conceptual stage…….in any case, this work will be "pure", ok almost as pure, as the little album (above) i made for my grandparents at Christmas in 1958 (see Gallery section here off of "home page")…my whole American Family  project is now  "keyed off of " my original ’58 holiday family gift using  6 or 7 rolls of film to document my  family at home….it was photographed  in the very year that our special innocent always happy always  Craig left our home at age 4..forever a "child"…Peter Pan…innocent..only in the last 6 months was Craig re-united with my family, under the care of my mother and sister…a sweet goodbye to be sure…

for the last several months , i had been planning to cross the U.S.and work on the project so explained below…yes yes a "portrait" of America….sure, done before…..and done very well before…Frank, Kerouac, Thompson, Winogrand, Twain, Steinbeck,Least-Heat-Moon, Pirsig,  just for starters…i think about these authors… i light a candle to all those writers whose books i devoured and made me both  question and respect, or those photographers whose work has given me a "lust" that has driven me for a long time…

it is with this "lust" (and i cannot think of a synonym right now) that i now will spend the better part of this year and maybe next,  photographing my country through its families!…vignettes…portraits…fantasy…reality… format film…b&w and color neg…..supplemented maybe by  SX-70 or disposable camera snaps…anyway, i am planning the exhibit before the first roll of film has been processed…very big prints, snapshot board, home movies, etc etc…and maybe one hand made album for exhibition purposes only….

so i am off….ROAD TRIP !!!  i will look in the rear view mirror of course…but, looking down the road ahead, knowing for sure that the unexpected will happen (guaranteed) , a "treasure" uncovered,  is where i want to be..

"road trip" , especially a coast to coast trip, is an  American teenager’s fantasy…i guess  some "adults" stay stuck on the concept as well..

in any case , here is a letter i wrote about my project  to our Magnum staff a few weeks ago:

"My plan is to literally drive zigzag across the country from New York
to California. I will meet, photograph and video tape a conglomerate and representative demographic of the U.S..  For example, I could
photograph a  wealthy socialite family in the Hamptons , a New Orleans
gay couple raising a baby, an Iowa farm family who lost a daughter or
son in Iraq, a Native American family at a powwow, an exhiled family
from Tibet, a Mormon wedding , a Bar or Bat Mitzvah family scene , a
Vietnamese fishing family, a Muslim executive with her husband, a
Mexican Quinceanera  fiesta , Buddhist monks, a Sufi with three wives,
a West Virginia coal miner and his wife, and  a surfer dude with his
tattooed 15yrs. old bride and Frisbee catching Lab retriever.All of the people that make this immigrant country "tick" in
the first place. Anyone will quickly see that my  American
Family will be (if it works), in fact, a "stylized portrait" of our simmering international stew….

I think our timing is perfect. The U.S. is re-defining itself in a
way not seen since the 60’s.   Personally , I am so so curious to find out "who we are" . Let people speak. There is an obvious  natural "flow" for me with this new work.  I started at 14 photographing my own family , went on at 21 to live with a black family, publishing a small book (Tell It Like It Is) .. in the years that have  followed, i photograph all
over the world on a variety of stories all  influenced by those
first two "important" projects in my creative developement.  So, this
project is an evolutionary step. 

Serendipity will play the largest role  in this as
will my online forum which I will use to keep my readers "in the
loop" and also perhaps lean on them a bit to help me find a family or two… I will give back to my "reader/collaborators" as well creating perhaps a "traveling workshop" of sorts.. So, this  will be a  collaboration  with Magnum, my on-line loyal readers and , most importantly,  all the families I will meet."

ok, i think you get it..i probably over explained…sorry…  but , here is the deal….offer me lunch and i give you a portfolio review!!….travel along with us and fill up my car with gas (getting  expensive) and you might just get an almost  free workshop, or  find a great family for me to photograph  and get a  signed print (see how entrepreneural i have become???)….seriously, all of your ideas are  welcomed..

i have given myself the next 6-8 weeks to get started, see how it feels, even some time to think about maybe backing  out….it happens….i would hate to eat all of the above enthusiasm right here in front of everyone, but i would if ,at any point,  i could see i was going nowhere…

right this minute, this seems "right" ..poignant…i have freedom, i have no excuses…. i am  very much "on the line" with all in my peer group (past and present), and my peer group includes my friends and you…part of my extended family….nothing virtual about it…nothing virtual about the "weight" of this undertaking either…

so, come and join me…when and if appropriate….with this kind of project it probably would be easy at  times and fun to have some of you around when i am shooting….so, let’s just see how it goes….i can post from the road and keep you updated etc etc..i can fantasize some amazing "on the road" gatherings…

so come hang out….this will not be a "reality show"…… just reality…

i love you Craig…i move forward in your memory…

152 Responses to “off for a family drive….”

  • David

    I’m so sorry to hear about your lost…

    and about your new project… your new life… man… what can I say….
    I keep fingers cross… this will be big thing!…


  • David.

    I’m really horrible with words in these cases…so I’ll keep it short, but sincere. So very sorry. I feel for you and your family.

    Much luck on this grand new project. Look forward to running into you along the way.

    Peace, love and respect,

  • Mr Harvey,

    I’m so sorry to hear of your family’s loss; remember that no one who is truly loved is ever really gone; as long as you remember them, they are with you always. As for your project, as you say, you have the time and the freedom to do it, so why not? Go for the gusto!

  • David, sorry to hear about the loss of your brother, sounds like you have a great family.

    Having recently made a similar trip (albeit one of mostly solitude interrupted by visits with friends…) I am envious, excited and anxious to see the work that comes out of your trip, and will hopefully bump into you somewhere along the way.

    There is so much going on inside America today that is lost on most people outside the country and most people within the country for that matter. The divisions we are constantly reminded of between red and blue, liberal and conservative, hillary and obama, for this, against that, east coast west coast….sort of dissolve once one travels to those places and sees for oneself what and who is really out there. I guess the same can be said for anywhere, but in some ways it means that much more when it is the place you are from. I’m ready to run out the door, buy a motorcycle and do it again right now….

    Can’t wait to see your images and hope to catch up with you in CA or somewhere along the road. Lot’s of recommendations I’ll throw your way as I think of them, like the place in Tennessee I ate a the best and biggest breakfast I’ve ever had for $2.99. Safe travels…


  • David, if you walk around here (Brasil), tel me.

    Walk with you for free.

  • David,

    Very sorry to hear about your brother.

    If you pass through Southwest, VA on your travels lunch will be on me. Hope to catch up with you soon during Look3 in Cville.

    Jared Soares

  • David,

    Please accept my condolences on the loss of your brother.

    The project sounds wonderful! Good luck, though… with the serendipity and symbiosis worked out, I think the luck will take care of itself!

  • I’m so sorry for the loss of your brother. Sometimes words are insufficients.

  • hi david,

    i’m sorry to hear about your loss. my thoughts are with you and your family.

    the project sounds truly amazing. i’ve only just read of the plan and already i can’t wait to see the results. who knows perhaps johanna (my girlfriend) and i will make it to the usa to join you for a while.

    keep up the enthusiasm david, the who thing sounds great!

    take care and writ soonest,


  • David: so sorry for the loss of your brother.

    Good luck with your new project. I´love to hear more details about it. I think we will all learn a lot during this project, so thanks again for letting us be part of this new work.


  • David,

    I have been a reader and a fan of your blog for some time but I regret that my first post is under these circumstances. Please accept my condolences on the loss of your brother.

    Your project is very exciting and a passion of mine as well. I and my partner are creators of American Journal Magazine, a hopefully growing online publication ( If you have the opportunity please look it over. Yes we are in dire need of an update and we plan to post soon!

    If there is anything we can do to help you or any way we can collaborate on something we would be honored. Gas is cheap in comparison the the payoff for such a project.

    I am attending your workshop at Look3 in June and I am looking forward to meeting and learning.

    I wish you much luck on your project and look forward to seeing the results,

    Best Regards


  • Sorry to hear about your loss.

    On the brighter side that seems like an amazing way and huge inspiration for your new project. It seems like a dream assignment. If you’re passing through philadelphia or hoboken (ya i know its only across the river but still) I’d love to meet up and hang out.

    Are you going to keep us updated with photos or is it all going to be a surprise for the exhibition?

  • David,
    The tears in my eyes are more powerful than anything I could post here. Craig must have been a true blessing from above.
    Requiescat In Pace.

    Best wishes on your new journey as an insider/outsider in your own country.

    Peace (Pax)


  • Happy travels David,
    Feel free to contact me if I can help in and around Central Oregon! As a break, good mtn. biking, coffee and beer! Lots of options for your project.
    -Rob Kerr

  • Condolences to you and your family, David — but what a fine memorial to Craig you are building with the new project. Happy and productive travels! It’s just a bummer you won’t be in NYC.

  • Dear David,

    My thoughts go out to your mother, it is difficult to outlive your child. My condolences to you and your family. I hope Craig can stay in your hearts forever.

    In times of grief, beautiful ideas surface. Maybe they are the proof that we are still alive. The passion is there, I can read it so don’t back off. I hope you will find what you hope for between East and West. Have a good road trip and put Craig on your shoulder…

    Yours truly, Edward

  • Older Brother David….

    Let me say, above all else, how saddened I am to hear of your brother~s death. I am sending you, more than words, light and love and limbs to you from all three of you to send out and share with your mom and sister and brother. I can only imagine, during this time of grief, the need that each of you has for renewal, for David it is through our loss that we are eventually replenished. There is little that, in the shape of words, i can offer to assuage your sadness, only know this small thing–that those who were alive inside us, were alive beside us, those who fed us and nourished us cannot, not ever, be reft and shorn away. I am certain that each of you are now made even more whole, more light-tossed, more nourished because he is now where he cannot ever be removed, inside you and with each of you, binding each of you to him and with one another.

    It is clear you already have a co-pilot on board and he is probably the best and smartest and keenest you will ever need. What is best, remember, cannot shaken or taken away…

    All of you filled with the incandescence of his life….

    Each of you shall grow renewed, that above all is the gift all those we love and who leave us first…

    My arms and words and friendship for you David. Please send along the same to your family…

    i leave you with a poem, much more eloquent than I, for each of you…some light and music…


    ‘I Think of Those Who Were Truly Great’

    Near the snow, near the sun, in the highest fields,
    See how these names are feted in the waving grass
    And by the streamers of the white cloud
    And whispers of the wind in the listening sky.
    The names of those who in their lives fought for life,
    Who wore at their hearts the fire’s centre.
    Born of the sun, they travelled a short while toward the sun
    And left the vivid air signed with their honour.
    –Stephen Spender

  • p.s.


    i~ll write you more later in the week…families…who will lodge you and feed you and all the rest….


  • Bob

    let me say… you should have your own webpage with news site like John have (or me for example). If you will have one I’ll be your loyal reader (and not only I). So… may I ask? for me? please…

  • David,

    My condolences to you and your family. i wish you also a good kilometer.


  • David,

    My condolences to you and your family. i wish you also a good kilometer.


  • David,

    My condolences to you and your family. i wish you also a good kilometer.


  • David,

    My condolences to you and your family. i wish you also a good kilometer.


  • David,

    My condolences to you and your family. i wish you also a good kilometer.


  • David,

    My condolences to you and your family. i wish you also a good kilometer.


  • David,

    My condolences to you and your family. i wish you also a good kilometer.



  • sorry to hear about your loss David.

    its painfully hot here in Tucson in the summer, but if your brave enough to enter the furnace of the SW and would like to explore some families on the border, just let me know…I’d be more than happy to show you around Nogales and the Tohono O’odham nation

    ~ Chris

  • Oh, David… i’m so sorry for your lost. Instead of words, just send you a warm hug and I hope a fresh east breeze will bring it to you. And with that breeze and a smile, hit the road with your favourite camera bag and feel freedom all over your spirit. This is going to be a big job, a great trip and the best of the experiences! the world is yours! and we want to see it through your eyes!



  • Best of luck Mr. Harvey,

    If you find yourself in Eastern Pennsylvania or Connecticut, you are not alone…tank of gas and a cold beer comin right up!


  • David & Family-
    My deepest sympathies…
    sounds like your strength lies, has always lied in the tight bonds of your family… one extra hug, albeit it a virtual one… never hurts though.

    I’ve been hinged waiting to see what you’d be up to this year, this new exploration exceeds excitement and expectations! Can’t wait to see it unravel itself.. (unvail, better choice of word?)… anyway how about we tag you with a GPS, your path will look like laced shoes ;-)

    As you said to me once in time of simple, excited confusion.. “travel safe.”


  • David,

    a warm ‘abraço’ from portugal. hang in there.

    as for the rest, you’ll figure it out as it goes.


  • DAVID,

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother Craig and my deepest thoughts are with you, your mother and your family… I did spend my childhood, raised next to a family who had a daughter with Down Syndrome… It is a tragedy indeed but I have also seen how she was able to bond the family together…These “kids” do certainly look different but they have a capacity for love that is unsurpassed!

    Regarding your new expedition, this sounds like a really exciting project David!! As you know, being a “visitor” here in the US, I have myself been thinking of doing a portrait of middle America where I live today….Your project of crossing the US and showing all the facets of this complex country through its families certainly takes it to a completely different and exciting level. And I truly think David that there is no one better placed than you to enter into these “american” families, become a friend for a few days (or a life time) and be able to capture their heart and soul into pictures. So, I really look forward to see what comes out of the work and by all means, I would be delighted to help on the journey anyway that I can. I presume that if you plan to cross the country you will eventually have to cross the mid-West and also show the culture and families from there. I will try to do a bit more thinking in the coming days/weeks to see if there are any families that you would want to come to see in this area…As you know, you are welcomed in my own family anytime although I doubt that few “lost” French in the mid-West would be what you have in mind to photograph. Joking aside, you are very welcomed if you simply need a place to stay in the area…lunch provided for free!!!!!

    Hoping to see you very soon!


  • David,

    I am sorry to hear about your brother Craig – my condolences to you and your family. Good luck to you in your travels and if you find yourself along I-95 in Virginia, you are always welcome here in Fredericksburg. -Mike

  • David;
    I know words never seem enough at such times, but my sincere condolences go out to you and your family for your recent loss.

    Take care

  • David,

    Our condolences to you and your family in this difficult time.

    We wish you lots of luck in your new project. We’re certain it will be very successful and a very rewarding experience.

    best regards from Brazil,

    Ig and Louise

  • David, thank you for sharing dear Craig with us. Now his light & smile & love shines throughout the world warming all who have heard his name and his story. I am holding you, your mother Maryanna, sister Patricia, brother Gary and all the family in my heart as you allow his physical loss to sink in. Yes, we know he lives on in all who loved him, but it’s still hard to say goodbye to his beloved body.

    Regarding the news of your journey/project/passion, all I can say is, YIPPEE!!!! This sounds monumental and oh so timely. America has been under a cloud for too long and I hunger for someone–for YOU–to see and show it as it deserves to be seen. Even more than the world needs to see us for who we really are, WE need to see ourselves. That is what you will do. Thank you for this gift.

    I would like to invite you to stay here in the Detroit area with my husband Ed and me, and I’ll do my best to connect you up with interesting families to photograph/get to know. One of our suburbs, East Dearborn, is home to the largest concentration of folks from the Middle East–in particular, Lebanon–in all of the US. I have volunteered in the art classes at a K-5 school in that community for 7 years and can surely introduce you to a family who would be happy to be part of your project. And, of course, Detroit itself is one of the largest African-American cities in America. Just let me know when and I’ll set things up.

    But before then, I’ll be seeing you at your workshop in Charlottesville. I can’t wait! Safe travels…


  • David, your heart opened up, as always, but today, for all to see and feel, with the reality of your loss.

    I had been afraid logging in these last few days, to learn that the emergency had to do with such loss, but was hoping it would not be, of course…

    I am joining my condoleances to those of our friends here, with an extra thought for your Mom.

    God speed on your american adventure. We will meet…

  • David, I wish you the best on your upcoming project and I hope it provides answers, questions and insight in your relationship with your brother, family and yourself. I moved down to Central Mexico for four months in 2006 after experiencing some life changes and I remember vividly, riding a bus out of Mexico City, while listening to Paul Simon’s, “America”. Its just as you said, “rear view mirror all bad stuff…looking down the road knowing for sure that the unexpected will happen…guaranteed..!!!”

    If you come through Baltimore and need a place to stay or a place to get a drink, let me know. I will give some thought to your story and see what I can think of. Baltimore is an interesting place, lots of history, lots of violence and lots of community.

  • house of sand and fog, or something like that.
    I remeber the picture of the old house shrouded in mist that you snapped, and the post was about decisions, weather to anchor or drift.
    I kind of had my suspisions that lowering an anchor was not part of your game plan. I envy you man. you are going to have such a great time!
    strange how moments in our life have such great significance.
    pages in this story are taking a new turn.
    I loved the photo album picture.

  • hi david,
    i send you my condolences… it’s never an easy time when a loved one passes on. but i love how you’ve created such a beautiful gift out your circumstances – it gave me shivers – i can’t wait to see what awesomeness come out of your road trip!
    looking forward to seeing you in Charlottesville
    hugs&much love

  • Dear David-

    My condolences to you and your family. You have given so much of yourself on this “forum”. A place for photographers to discuss so much else besides the photograph. This new road trip of yours sounds like a natural progression. Much respect for all of your work. You are welcome if you pass through Portland Oregon. Safe travels…

  • Dear David, My condolences to you and your loved one, may he rest in peace. Also best wishes on your project, i love the intro in your letter, if i have learnt anything from the time i lived in the states, its that your country is more diverse than anyone can imagine. Can’t wait to see the frames you capture.

    Best wishes from Amman, Jordan.

  • Dear David,

    My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family for the loss of your brother.

    I read however with great enthusiasm about your upcoming trip and am genuinely excited for you. I’m sure it will be an enlightening and surprising journey, and I hope the forces of serendipity are in full force for its entirety.

    I look forward to catching you in the early stages of your trip in Virginia. The first beer will be on me.


  • david; my heartfelt condolences. i wish there was a way other than in words to express sorrow and more importantly perhaps to share it. but alas i am able to offer nothing more than my thoughts transcribed onto this blog comment. it will not suffice i accept, but i hope that you will receive it as something sent with sincerity and respect. asim

  • WOW, David,

    you’ve just blown me away…

    you are one awesome dude.

    thanks for sharing so much,

    peace, good luck and much respect


  • David,
    My condolences to you and your family.

  • AND NOW… thinking as an OUTSIDER (death in a dear friend’s family)…
    and……………………….as an INSIDER… ( DEAREST FRIEND )….

    I want to overcome death… i don’t want to die…
    I live in the center of the so called Western Civilization…
    so, i thought useful… to go BACK… detach… ask the ANCIENT GREEKS…
    … see what they thought ( at some point ) … all that crazy old farts…

    “THANATOS = DEATH”… in greek…

    This post is about the god of Classical Mythology, Thanatos or Thanatus.
    Greek deities

    Primordial deities
    Titans and Olympians

    Aquatic deities
    Chthonic deities
    Other deities


    In Greek mythology, Thanatos (in Ancient Greek, θάνατος – “Death”) was the Daemon personification of Death and Mortality. He was a minor figure in Greek mythology, often referred to but rarely appearing in person. His name is transliterated in Latin as Thanatus, but his Roman equivalent was Mors or Letus/Letum, and he was sometimes identified (perhaps erroneously) with Orcus.

    The Greek poet Hesiod established in his Theogony that Thanatos was a son of Nyx (Night) and Erebos (Darkness) and twin of Hypnos (Sleep).
    “And there the children of dark Night have their dwellings, Sleep and Death, awful gods. The glowing Sun never looks upon them with his beams, neither as he goes up into heaven, nor as he comes down from heaven. And the former of them roams peacefully over the earth and the sea’s broad back and is kindly to men; but the other has a heart of iron, and his spirit within him is pitiless as bronze: whomsoever of men he has once seized he holds fast: and he is hateful even to the deathless gods.” (Hesiod, Theogony 758 ff, trans. Evelyn-White, Greek epic C8th or C7th B.C.)

    Homer also confirmed Hypnos and Thanatos as twin brothers in his epic poem, the Iliad, where they were charged by Zeus via Apollo with the swift delivery of the slain hero Sarpedon to his homeland of Lykia.

    “Then [Apollon] gave him [Sarpedon] into the charge of swift messengers to carry him, of Hypnos and Thanatos, who are twin brothers, and these two presently laid him down within the rich countryside of broad Lykia.” (Homer, Iliad 16. 681 ff)
    Counted among Thanatos’ siblings were other negative personifications such as Geras (Old Age), Oizys (Suffering), Moros (Doom), Apate (Deception), Momos (Blame), Eris (Strife), Nemesis (Retribution) and even the Stygian Boatman Charon. He was loosely associated with the three Moirai (for Hesiod, also daughters of Night), particularly Atropos, who was a goddess of death in her own right. He is also occasionally specified as being exclusive to peaceful death, while the bloodthirsty Keres embodied violent death. His duties as a Guide of the Dead were sometimes superseded by Hermes Psychopompos. Conversely, Thanatos may have originated as a mere aspect of Hermes before later becoming distinct from him.
    Thanatos was thought of as merciless and indiscriminate, hated by – and hateful towards – mortals and the deathless gods. But in myths which feature him, Thanatos could occasionally be outwitted, a feat that the sly King Sisyphus twice accomplished. When it came time for Sisyphus to die, he cheated Death by tricking him into his own shackles, thereby prohibiting the demise of any mortal while Thanatos was so enchained. Eventually Ares, the bloodthirsty god of War, grew frustrated with the battles he incited, since neither side suffered any casualties. He released Thanatos and handed his captor over to the god, though Sisyphus would evade Death a second time by convincing Persephone to allow him to return to his wife.
    “King Sisyphos, son of Aiolos, wisest of men, supposed that he was master of Thanatos; but despite his cunning he crossed eddying Akheron twice at at fate’s command.” (Alcaeus, Fragment 38a, trans. Campbell)

    Thanatos is usually an inexorable fate for mortals, but he was only once successfully overpowered, by the legendary hero Heracles. Thanatos was consigned to take the soul of Alkestis, who had offered her life in exchange for the continued life of her husband, King Admetos of Pherai. Herakles was an honored guest in the House of Admetos at the time, and he offered to repay the king’s hospitality by contending with Death itself for Alkestis’ life. When Thanatos ascended from Hades to claim Alkestis, Herakles sprung upon the god and overpowered him, winning the right to have Alkestis revived. Thanatos fled, cheated of his quarry.
    Thanatos : Much talk. Talking will win you nothing. All the same, the woman goes with me to Hades’ house. I go to take her now, and dedicate her with my sword, for all whose hair is cut in consecration by this blade’s edge are devoted to the gods below. (Euripides, Alcestis 19 ff, trans. Vellacott, Greek tragedy C5th B.C.)


  • David,

    Wishing you and your family peace. I’m glad your family had the time with Craig at home, and that Craig knew he had all of you.

    Tank of gas & lunch waits for you in St. Louis. Your project sounds amazing, your passion for it is palpable.


  • oh, i’m sorry , i forgot…!

    IN ART, IN ART, IN ART …???

    In art…

    In the earliest mythological accounts, Thanatos was perceived by poets as a fearsome, sword-wielding spectre, shaggy bearded and fierce of countenance. He was a harbinger of suffering and grief, and his coming was marked by pain. But Greek artists did not often follow this grim conception of Death.
    In later eras, as the transition from life to death in Elysium became a more attractive option, Thanatos came to be seen as a beautiful Ephebe. He became more associated with a gentle passing than a with a woeful demise. Many Roman sarcophagi depict him as a winged boy, very much akin to Cupid.
    Thanatos has also been portrayed as a slumbering infant in the arms of his mother Nyx, or as a youth carrying a butterfly (the ancient Greek word for butterfly is psyche which in modern Greek means soul) or a wreath of poppies (poppies were associated with Hypnos and Thanatos because of their hypnogogic traits and the eventual death engendered by overexposure to them). He is often shown carrying an inverted torch (holding it upside down in his hands), representing a life extinguished. He is usually described as winged and with a sword sheathed at his belt. Thanatos was rarely portrayed in art without his twin brother Hypnos.
    Modern renditions of Thanatos often assume the stereotypical cloaked and skeletal visage of the Grim Reaper
    “To Thanatos, Fumigation from Manna. Hear me, O Thanatos, whose empire unconfined extends to mortal tribes of every kind. On thee the portion of our time depends, whose absence lengthens life, whose presence ends. Thy sleep perpetual bursts the vivid bolds by which the soul attracting the body holds : common to all, of every sex and age, for nought escapes thy all-destructive rage. Not youth itself thy clemency can gain, vigorous and strong, by thee untimely slain. In thee the end of nature’s works is known, in thee all judgment is absolved alone. No suppliant arts thy dreadful rage control, no vows revoke the purpose of thy soul. O blessed power, regard my ardent prayer, and human life to age abundant spare.” (Orphic Hymn 87 to Thanatos, trans. Taylor, Greek hymns C3rd B.C. to 2nd A.D.)

  • David, my condolences for the passing of your brother.

    And what a symbolic way to begin one last grand look around at this fantasyland of a country we are lucky enough to live in.

    Frank, Ginsberg, Kerouac, Koudelka in his own way, Weston, Cartier-Bresson, Klein, Dylan, The Stones, Warhol, Reed, Monk, Coltrane, Davis, Paul Strand (Time in New England), Brassai, Henry Miller, Nan Goldin and Castenada, may they and many more be with you.

    Good luck, and happy hunting.


  • panos u never cease to amaze me. at first i thought u were pure non-sense however lately your making lots of Sense !! So do you consider yourself sense or sensibility ?

  • David,

    Many condolences to you and your family.

    Should your project take you to China, I can introduce you to heaps of Chinese Americans living in China, and will buy you a beer as well!


  • DAVID,

    It’s very sad to hear what your family emergency was about. I’m sure that your brother lived his last moments surrounded by love. Please receive my condolences to you and your family, and especially to your mother.

    I also wanted to thank you for let us be part of all your experiences. Sometimes I’m surprised about your way to merge every aspect of your life in the same pot: your students, this community, your family, fellow photographers… and to be “nude” in the middle of the blending in such a normal way

    You have talked before about your project… and the middle format… and some other details… but the letter above to magnum makes mi think about the unlimited possibilities of your trip… it’s a blank sheet of paper, I mean, you are completely free about how to start, and how you are going to draw your path…

    When I think in projects so vast like this, it always come to me the same question… how you’ll know it’s done?… when you’re going to say “it’s enough”?

    You say that this is a logical step in your evolution. Sometimes I thing in how photography has been in your veins from the beginning and I feel some kind of envy (an inoffensive one). I have heard many stories of photographers that fell into photography by “accident” or “chance”, and not only photographers, but people in general who end doing anything that they didn’t imagine at the beginning. It’s very rare to find people who follow the path they traced for themselves from the beginning. That kind of “purity” (at least I see it like this) is very hard to find.

    Have a good trip my friend and please keep letting us be part of it…

    Un abrazo para tí y toda tu familia

  • David,
    I’m so sorry for your loss.

    -David Ryder

  • Hi David…

    I’m so sorry to hear about the lost of your dear brother. Please send my condolences to you and your family..

    Good luck with the new project…i’m definetly traveling along with you all the way.

    your friend and loyal reader…

    Ozzy al

  • David—deepest sympathy to you and your family during this time.

    I admire your strength to embrace this time as a slice of your new “family album” rather than letting it become a distraction from it—and just as well, there will be plenty of time for reflection on the road.

    The troupe would love to see you here in Michigan—and there are plenty of beds, breakfasts, liquor, beer, tapas, fuel, and late night conversations around the campfire for photogs and friends. I might even be able to drive a leg or two.

    The story is the tricky part—I think it has to be something about the economy. Disparity and triumph? Maybe it’s punks playing kickball. Maybe not, who knows. I’ll work on it.

    As always, best of luck!

  • Dear David,

    I offer you my sincere condolences to you and your family.
    This is my first message and I’m sorry that it’s made in these circumstances. I am big one fan of your work. I met you in Perpignan (France) during a session dedicate, but regrettably, my English is too bad…

    I wait impatiently for your new work.
    Very cordially,

  • @ David:
    We all know how it feels. And I’m sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.

    somehow I get excited too with your new project. I’m sure that it would be great, and I’m expecting it. Good luck all the way!

    my regards,


  • Hello David,

    I’m so sorry to hear about your brother Graig.
    Wishing you and your family great strenght to deal with it, but also great memories of the time you shared together.

    And I would say. Bon voyage!!! Like Bob said, it’s the perfect trip for you. Very logical. And I wish you the greatest time ever. The exciting, the unknown, the alone time, the together time. New faces and new places.
    Can’t wait to see the work and hear the stories off all the stuff and people you encouter.


  • David…one more time… you do it, again, and touch my heart…Thanks for sharing … peace.

  • Sorry for your loss David. Such things are never understandable in nature and hurt because they seem so unfair. But the love shared with your brother and all those that survive him in your family sounds wonderful and has provided a good foundation to your latest ambition. Good luck with the trip and looking forward to the stories and images.

  • Hi David, all my sympathy to you and your family…

    Regarding your project, it looks very exciting, I am eager to see the result…
    All the best

  • My good feelings to you, your mother and your family, I am really sorry about this happening, I always have no words at these occasions. I am paralysed.

    Good Luck David ! I am sure it will be a nice and pleasant travel ! I see it as the best way to put your thoughts in line. Hope to read more about this very soon. As your new project ,from coast to coast, rock all way long ! .regards from brasil

  • Dear David,

    I was saddened to read of the death of your brother Craig and I am so sorry for your family’s loss. My condolences go out to you and yours. I hope that thoughts of Craig’s innocence and peaceful passing provide a measure of comfort.

    The optimism and dignity you’ve shown and written of regarding your family demonstrates the strength you have. Those qualities are a large part of how you inspire me, and I hope that they also help sustain you through this time.

    Good luck on the project. The act of creation and exploration helps heal.

    My fond respects,


    PS- I’d like to offer some gas money and driving skills to the “DAH Fund for an Emerging Road Trip.”

  • David,

    So sorry to hear about your loss. It does seem like the perfect time for your project…moving from the loss your family has experienced into the heart of other families. Go for it!!! I can’t wait to see/read about it as it unfolds and I have a strong feeling that our paths will cross soon.

    I’ve just completed my own road trip driving/moving with husband and bird from Socal to NM. Sort of moving…the old/new Santa Fe house is still not finished being rebuilt but I’m hanging out here working on it…and photographing the process when possible.

    I have something to PM you about…will write soon.

  • David, I’m so sorry to hear the news about Craig. Please accept my best wishes for you and your family.
    The loss you must all feel at this time is the price of love. It’s a price worth paying.


  • David,

    My thoughts are with you. As always, you are already moving forward. Best of luck.


  • Hi David,
    I was very sad to hear about Craig. Denise and I send our deepest sympathy and best wishes to the Harvey family.

    Your upcoming cross country project sounds wonderful. The USA, and our world in general, has changed much in our lifetime. And many of the changes have not been good ones. I’m certain that your photo-trek, even though having been done previously by other photographers, will reveal a unique culture and perspective in these changing times.
    By the way, what did you end up with in your mode of transportation? And will the Harvey’s come to the beach again this Summer?
    All the best,

  • wonderful wonderful wonderful…
    this post made me so inspired
    and a little bit envy because of that fact, that everything is going to be in US, a country that is difficult to enter…

  • David Alan Harvey

    If you haven’t seen it, look at David Alan Harvey’s entry for yeaterday in his blog. Dave is one of my favorite people and one of the greatest photographers of our time. He is launching a new project to look

  • ‘A bird does not sing cause it has an answer. It sings because it has a song…’
    ** I wish you and your brother well on your journeys…

    California dreamin’ baby… lets have that drink.. xox besos

  • Dear David.

    I was very saddened to hear of the loss of your younger brother. Please accept my condolances to you and your family and especially to your mother who I have come to believe is a very special person judging by the way you have written about her in the past. God bless you all.

    Moreover I wish you the very best in your new adventure. But above all I thank you very much for the wonderful candor and honesty you have displayed since you began this internet group. Although I have rarely participated I have really enjoyed the all the thought provoking discussions and insights into modern photography.

    Wish you were coming to Vancouver.


  • My condolences on the loss of a brother. I hope your celebration of his life and meaning brings happiness, insight and success.

    I look forward to the photos. If you’re skipping up near Jackson, WY, please let me know!

    Good luck, Good Hunting


  • David,

    My condolences to you and your family. I’m sure your brother will always live in your memory and your heart.
    Reflecting on the people who have set out on a journey like your new project before and the type of work you consistently produce, you seem to be the perfect person for this project. I’m very excited to see the photos and hear about the experiences that result from this adventure.
    I am enrolled in your workshop in Charlottesville and look forward to meeting you for the first time.
    There are multitude of interesting people here in Nashville, TN (Music City USA) where I live and I would be happy to help with your project if your pass this way.
    Recently, I’ve been shooting some street musicians who tried to make the “big time” for years and never quite got there, some are homeless, some not. Very friendly and open for the most part…maybe good subjects for your project. I’d be happy to help you in any way if you feel the call to Nashville. Maybe we can talk a bit about it in Charlottesville.

  • david alan harvey


    i cannot tell you how overwhelmed i am by all of your sympathies..thank you so much…

    i hope you do understand, however, that i only brought my personal loss into the picture because of the “journal” structure of our forum and the general nature of conversation here…and “motive” one way or the other is a consistent theme here….so, it was in this context that i wrote of my brother…i know well that many of you, or in fact all of you, have losses everyday that are not shared loss is no more of a loss than anyone else’s…

    nevertheless, you warmed my heart…and i look forward to meeting many of you as i begin my journey…tomorrow!!!

    peace and love, david

  • What a lovely gesture to dedicate a new beginning to an untimely end. Sorry for your loss. A life can be so enriched by the love that passes through it, though the passing through is never kind. I wish you bonne adventure on your journey. May it be a fruitful and rewarding.

  • My condolences to you and your famly, David. I wonder how much of an impact this tragedy has had on how you view your project. Before your brother’s death, were you thinking of it as an exploration of families or has that angle shaped itself only recently in light of whats been happening in your private world?

    I think families are a great subject. If we listen for example to the Beatles albums theres such an overwhelming personal and intimate feel to their music..relationships with linda and yoko ono, etc….it seems that in music and poetry an artists is almost expected to reveal himself fully, yet in photography theres a tendencey to look down on so called “family snaps” though thats been changing somewhat in the last decade or two. What’s your take?

  • i am so sorry for your loss, david..

    i, too, just lost a dear close street son a week ago.
    he’s not dead but he will be in prison for 20-25 years.
    he is charged with the death of Noel, the
    boy i spoke about a few weeks ago.
    it’s all so stunning and heart-breaking.
    he’s a really good boy.

    your road trip sounds life-changing. i have done a lot of long road trips but that was before my passion for photography blazed. i’d be much more outgoing now. that quality in you will make your trip a blast. please stop in seattle and make a photo of my beautiful and colorful street family here. we’d be delighted to have you.

  • David;
    Just a thought; but after all your time here “paying it forward”, it’s lovely to see so many on this forum, who have benefitted, now being able to “pay it back” too…

    Your new journey to discover (re-discover??) your own land is an exciting prospect. It can only be helped by the amount of goodwill & generosity you have built up here.

    While I realise that “self” was not your objective when you began this blog, it’s great that some of life’s “swings and roundabouts” are in action.

    Good luck & take care!

  • As an aside; maybe a project like your’s will help blow away a lot of the stereotypes that many non-Americans have about the US. Especially now in the Bush/Iraq era etc. It’s too easy to blame a nation’s people for every state action.

    Deep down I think all most people want is a settled life for themselves and their family. But all too often it’s the extremes of society that get the airplay/tv time.

  • Thank you for sharing Craig’s sweetness with us… An enormous hug to you, your family + your beautiful mom Maryanna. Looking forward to helping you color in part of the circle!

  • Dear David.

    Craig. Built up strengths one doesn’t know exist. that will linger on.
    Thinking of you and your family.

    Love, Anne

  • Many years ago…I used to work as a nanny for a family with a child with DS. He did not laugh often but there was one thing that made him howl. He loved to sit in the back seat of my VW Rabbit and go through the car wash.

    To this day….getting a car wash has special memories for me.

    I am sorry for your loss David but I do hope your brother can visit you in the same manner.

  • David, if there is an afterlife I know Craig will be having a hoot following your adventures. And regardless I know you’ll be taking him with you wherever you end up…

    There is a family down in Hatteras, friends of mine, that I have always wanted to do a photo project around. I’ve spoken to them a number of times about it and they are amenable to the idea but I just haven’t made it happen yet. If you are interested I can tell you more, but I’ve always thought they were compelling subject matter. Next time you come down this way I can introduce them to you, they live in Rodanthe.

    Also, my summer is pretty up in the air right now so maybe I’ll be buying you lunch and hitching a ride for a few miles. I could use the inspiration:)

    Vaya con Dios!

  • Socrates

    once said,
    “I know you won’t believe me, but the highest form of Human Excellence is to question oneself and others.”

    panos reminds Socrates
    … another reason to love this blog…!

    please, please click below…



    i want to wake up tomorrow and find 300 songs in this blog…
    let’s DEDICATE those 300 songs to… ALL OF US….

    again my song for tonight is :

  • Well, Panos, then:

    To David, who’s about to keep moving….

  • Sorry for your loss, David.
    Your project sounds very interesting, especially at this time. In what state of mind is the US today? bad economy, war, environment, after terrorism etc.. A lot of americans or maybe even the majority doesn’t seem to care though. They are so busy with their own lives and live in their little consumer bubble. I’m not saying all, but very very many.


  • Sorry for your loss, thank you for sharing, in the positive spirit of this blog where a lost is followed by the light of a beginning.
    In bocca al lupo for your new project and thank you for all you are doing.

    This were the songs that helped me with the loss of my sister, were her favourite.

  • OK then…my contribution to the “300!”

    In their own ways, when they are/were on…or should I say “in the zone” both SRV and DAH truly “shred!

  • Panos–

    just got flagged as spam …so will try again…

    some songs for u and daivd…


    more soon

  • and the end

    etc Ç))



  • Hey David,

    Our condolences to you and you family. Very excited to hear about the birth of your new project and look forward to hearing more from you in the weeks to come. All the best to you.

    James and Jess.

  • Here’s one from Down Under….

    Cheers everyone

  • thanks guys for great links!
    hope this one will be interesting to you…

  • my condolences david…

  • Dear David,

    I am just checking your blog to see where you are and how you are doing and read about the loss of your brother, just now you are starting your family-project.

    I am very sorry, and send you my sincere condolences.

    And good luck with the start of a new adventure!

    Warm regards,


  • Hi David,

    Sorry about your loss.

    When you come through Memphis and the Delta, BBQ ribs (pork of course) and all things fried will be waiting on you.

    I am enjoying your blog.


  • If you’re in the Madison, Wisconsin area, I’d be happy to buy you a meal.

  • Hey David,

    Having only one brother, I hope not to experience that tragedy for a long time. Maybe I’ll give him a ring today and see how he’s doing. I am sorry for your loss.

    As for the trip; got a lunch waiting for you in Rhode Island. I look forward to meeting you if you swing by this way.

  • Hello David,

    My condolences for your loss.

    When you get to Utah, I can help you with the mormon wedding.


    Nathan Smith

  • dear david,

    so sorry to hear that your brother passed away… please accept my deepest condolences…

    your project sounds as great as your loss must be shattering…

    i’ve lit a candle for Craig… it will burn through the night



  • Panos- Love your enthusiasm man.

    Bob B- That Clash video was incredible.

  • Andrew yes…. that incredible Clash video… from Bob..
    ant THANK YOU
    for the “Jesus and Mary Chain”…

  • Andrew thanks also for bringing uo the
    “Stone Roses”

  • Come to Cleveland!

    In the summer I’ll get you to an Indians game, in the fall we can tailgate before a Browns game.

  • First of all, my condolences to you and your family in this difficult time.

    If you make it to Minneapolis, I got lunch and a beer too. Also, depending when a tank of gas or two.



  • Sorry about the loss of your brother David.

    If you’re in Southern California sometime, lunch is on me and maybe find some new leads on families.

  • David,

    I’m sorry about the loss of your brother. Prayers go to you and yours.

    I’m in Frederick, MD – lots of civil war history around here, now getting lost in the mists of time. I’m also a stone’s throw from Baltimore, and D.C. If any of these three cities are on your itinerary, please let me know.

  • David

    song for you trip….

    I’ll be with you… as a reader of course… I hope you will show us your trip photos from time to time…
    I wish you good luck and many adventures and wide road my friend…


  • I was referred here by A Photo Editor, not knowing of your brother.

    I’m very sorry for your loss, having just been through a family member dying I can sympathize with what you’re going through. I can’t imagine how it will feel when one of my sisters or brothers die.

    On the trip note, if you would like to come through Kansas City on your way, I would be happy to show you around to the best of my knowledge, and would be honored if you could review my portfolio.

    If you want a great family to photograph, I’ve currently got four teenagers living in my house that aren’t mine, and aren’t the same color of skin as me either. Wouldn’t be such a big deal, but I also live in a more rural area that’s still close to KC. Gets soem eyebrows raised when they call my wife “Mom”, and she’s only 27 :)

    Or I could introduce you to my wife’s step-family, who have had two losses to cancer in the last 6 months, and two from Lung cancer in the last 8 years. Good Irish-Catholic, blue-collar family.

  • David,

    Like all of the above, I feel for your loss. Thank you for sharing with all of us.

    When you start your journey across the US I propose a trade.. A homecooked meal in a house where five friends live in Utah. All from the same college in Maine, representing a community of friends that number upwards of 15-20 within the Salt Lake area. All from the University of Maine at Farmington and all related by friendship. In return for the meal I only ask that when you stop in Maine (a classic New England state) you visit one of the Friday Night dinners that occur weekly in the town of Sebago, Maine. Two, sometimes three or four families gather to cook dinner for each other, share stories, talk about politics, laugh and enjoy each others company.. a true community of families of teachers, farmers, artists and friends. We’ve called this gathering FNL or Friday Night Live since its inceptions two years ago. It seems like it would fit well into your project..

    Cheers and Be Well David

  • You’ve done the best thing for your brother and your life. Go on a trip,observe and think of whats important.
    If you visit the northwest you have a place to stay….lake cabin..water,rest and reflect.. no crowds


  • David, maybe I can put you in touch with some nice people in LA, Amy

  • Just heard about this project. If you make it to Austin, Texas – let me know. Lunch is on me.

  • Come to Detroit. I’ll buy breakfast, lunch, dinner…whatever. It’s definitely a great place to shoot…

    I’m talking cameras of course.

  • David,

    Your optimism and good cheer never fail to inspire me. You have a freedom about you that shines through your writing.

    I am very excited that you are going on a road trip and am looking forward to your stories. I met a man briefly in Navajo Nation in my own road trip a couple of years ago whom you might be interested in photographing.

    I am sad about your brother passing away and wish you and your family all the best.


  • David,

    Would love to take you out to lunch or join you through a West Coast swing. I’m in Los Angeles and can introduce you to many interesting people with subcultures ranging from Japanese race car drivers, Chinese opera singers, and the underground electronic music scene that stretches from LA to Berlin.

    Terence Patrick

  • David, I might have some ideas you would like. I recently took a 3 and a half month road trip from Seattle to Key West, in a big loop. You are going to have a great time! I will brainstorm a little bit.

  • Hi David,

    My condolences to you and your family. It seems that at times of loss, the bonds of family are always reexamined and seem to take on new and deeper meanings.

    I have been an admirer of your work for a long time and think this idea for your project is such an interesting meditation on family and on America. It doesn’t matter how many time it has been done before, it will always hold new revelations for all those involved.

    I’m attending a Mormon family reunion/Surprise 95th birthday party the first weekend in August. (…and meeting my boyfriend’s extended family for the first time–eek.) If you’d like to join in the fun, please post a way for me to send you details. I’ll make sure to check back.

    Best of luck with your journey!

    Natalie Nigito

  • ROBERT !!!!

    SENSE VS SENSIBILITY…????… is that your question .?

    well… SENSE of course … ( if i must choose ! )..

    Damn… I miss Santorini, right now…!

    ps: MIKE ,
    is in L.A right now,,, we just got of the phone… he sounds cool…
    Brooklyn… i wish we could meet… next time…
    maybe this summer… you are invited… thanks Mike…

  • This is where your investment here is paying off….you are going to be flooded with great ideas for shooting….and thats more than half the battle right there. Sounds like a great trip David, it seems you are already flying even before you set off on your journey.

  • This is where your investment here is paying off…
    RAFAL is right.

    This one for :


  • I am truly sorry for your loss, David.

    I am eager to hear more about your project and to see the photographs. I volunteer my assistance should you find yourself in the Boston area.

  • David,
    Documenting America through it’s families sounds like a really wonderful project. I am sorry for the loss of your brother. From what you write and from your images, your family seems very close and much loved. There is so much good about America, and I look forward to hopefully seeing the photographic essays that result from your journey. I wish you good luck and safe travels.

  • David,

    Sorry about the loss.

    I live in a rural, Amish Mennonite community of Partridge, KS, in the very center of Kansas. I am in fact part of this community, being Amish Mennonite myself. I am also one who like taking pictures.

    I think you should come visit us for many reasons. First and foremost is selfish, I want to meet you.

    However, there would be many interesting portraits if you’d would be sensitive. Many interesting stories to be told. Especially if you come during wheat harvest.

    Partridge has a wonderful little cafe run by a single lady in her early fifties, where the meals are cheap and talk is cheaper.
    This comment would never end if I fully expressed my opinion of the potential a place like this would have with a photographer like you. Shoot me an email if you interested, ignore me if you’re not.


  • David,
    Give us a holler should you find yourself in rain (light) saturated Seattle. We’d love to show you around, help you find some characters to shoot – loggers, fishermen, surfers, indians, everyday folks, etc.

    Jerry Gay, a great photog out there did a similiar trip to yours awhile back..pretty inspiring stuff..

    – Rob Casey

  • hi david,

    this is a first for me to write on your blog. i have always read it, but just havent commented.

    i just wanted to say my condolences to you and your family for the lost of Craig. My friend’s father just passed away last week as well. And he was definitely a father figure to me, so I can understand the emotions and thoughts that must be surrounding you. But I’m sure they are both in a better place.

    As well, I am also beginning a road trip in a couple of weeks. I will be heading up the coast of California and then cut east to do the southwest where I will end up in Santa Fe, where i will work at the photo workshops there.

    It would be great if we were to run into each other. Good luck on your trip! and if i run into you on the way, i’m definitely taking you out for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, whatever you want.

    take care,

  • David,

    glad you gathered with your family again, but unfortunate that this time, it was for your brother craig’s passing. great to read how craig bonded your family, and created such inspiration and understanding.

    i wish you all best on your road trip around the us. when i was there, just driving around in this great country, was epic, and only wish i could have seen more.

    can recommend:
    – ward, colorado
    – chinese camp, on way into yosemite
    and of course
    – yosemite, national park, which attracts climbers from all over the world to el capitan…lots of great people to meet there…and if you do head there, send my regards to the monkeys :)

    good speed,


  • david,

    i’m saddened by the news of your brother’s loss

    but at the same time, i think this is THE moment to begin with your trip

    so i really wish you to make the most of it

    i’m sure it will be good, driven by so much energy

    i wish you great encounters !!

  • If you make it to Louisville, I know an older white gentleman who is trying to help raise a young mixed-raced boy with a long list of family troubles. Contact me if you’d like to know to know more.

    Best of luck on your quest.

  • Or if you’d just like to know more.


  • What a fitting tribute to a person who brought so much into your life. I am in Phoenix and Gas / Lunch on me. I will look for some AZ folks to send you to. Our mining towns have some of the most interesting ‘salt of the earth’ people around.


    I’ve been away, just returned and will try you today..

    My step brother has fragile-X,similar to Down’s but perhaps a bit less fortunate in the disconnect it produces. He lived at home and was in school until kindergarden, but has now long lived in a group home where he is infinitely more comfortable. I understand what you are saying about Craig’s sweet homecoming, it warms my heart to know your mom had this time with Craig, and he with her. You must have some very tender memories from childhood…

    Road trip extraordinaire..god yes. It’s so right and natural…I wish I had been a ‘better’ photographer during the times I have crisscrossed the country, but it was some time ago. On one trip, I followed the rivers, as it was summer and very hot, and this lead to meeting some of the most wonderful people as I swam in small towns..highly recommended.

    Synchronicity ..I’ve been wanted to discuss an idea for a project about family, that came to me after the loss of my father..hopefully we can talk face to face.

    You have the right stuff to make your family story all that you imagine..I am thinking now of Arbus and how she never manifested her desired family album to completion. Have you seen the images by Robin Bowman? (“Bowman spent four years driving across the United States, covering more than 20,000 miles, and photographing and interviewing more than 400 American teens. Some of those pictures — and the teens’ words — are included in her new book, It’s Complicated: The American Teenager.”)


  • David,
    Love to buy you a sandwich or put some gas in your tank while you’re in San Diego. My son and I might make good subjects too. We live by the beach. I’m 34 with lots of tattooing, he’s 12 and a diehard skateboarder….


    yes , another experiment……
    but this time … !
    i exported the file in a compressed way…
    H.264, 30 frames per sec, better for streaming… right compression… at last..
    it only took me a week to figure that out….


    coming soon to a theater near you….
    ( no animals hurt during the filming… except that BIG HAIRY TARANTULA… all the way in the end…

    please click below…

  • Lo siento David.
    This new trip you are taking will be a journey at all different levels.

  • Please accept my deepest condolences to you and your family.

    If you feel your trip may lead you as far north as North Dakota, drop me a line. I grew up in a small town on the edge of a Chippewa Indian Reservation out there and could put you in touch with a few families who are trying to keep their heritage and traditions alive.

    Or if you’re in need of lunch, beer and gas, let me know.

    Best regards,


  • Dave,

    I too are sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. I know he was special to you and you will miss him greatly.

    Great idea on the road trip. I am offering room and board if you pass through Kentucky.

    Best, Bill Luster

  • Dear David, my heart goes out to you and your family. But what better way to exult and celebrate your brother and all of our brothers than to show the wonders of life. Your project is a lovely thing and I offer my assistance should you come to Colorado. Take you to lunch, carry your bag, do research for you … what ever I can do.

  • Dirk Chesterfield


    That’s one hell of a post.

    If you venture near Wisconsin I’ll buy you lunch (bratwurst) or dinner (bratwurst). Wisconsin is a much ignored part of our country (when was the last time a Magnum photographer was here?) yet it’s very rich with midwestern charm and the beauty of the fertile landscape. Door County is often called the Hamptons of the midwest but you need to know that the people are much more humble and approachable. Just a thought.

  • David,

    Craig will always be there in the purest form in all members of your familly hearts and minds. For you he’ll be forever Peter Pan.

    All the best on your new project. I’m sure excelent photos and experiences will be shared with all of us.

    I’ve sent you an email. Thanks for the review.

    xxx from sunny Portugal

    Sofia Quintas

  • Hello David,

    My condolences to you and your family. A good friend’s brother with cerebral palsy passed away last year. As much as it hurt, the family was comforted by knowing that his soul has moved on and that his suffering had ceased. It also opened their lives to pursue other personal soul ventures….

    I wish you well on your journey and work. I live in Asheville, NC, a hip and up-and-coming city with a thriving art scene nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, definitely fun to visit and many interesting families to shoot. Two ideas so far: Vadim and Georgi Bora – father and son painters from southern Russia living/working in Asheville and my family who lives two hours east from here in Winston-Salem, NC. My father is from NC and was drafted into Vietnam War. There he met my Mom and she moved here at 21 in 1972. Their home is filled with fusion of Victorian and Eastern decor. Recently, her brother Tang and his family (wife Nga and two children) immigrated here from Vietnam after a ten-year process, they lived with my parents the first year and now have their own place in Winston-Salem. So maybe that’s three, anywho, I would like to meet, join up and ride/follow along a bit or do lunch/gas, if possible….peace


  • sorry to hear about your brother. sometimes it is thru a loss that we find ourselves and what is truly important in this fast paced life we have come to live. If you stop thru texas drop me a line.

  • Dave – let me know if you swing through LA. I’ve actually got a modest guest room and we’re 5 minutes from the beach.

    I could introduce you to a range of families, from undocumented Guatemalans to movie millionaires.

    Sometimes these different kinds of families overlap in LA, but not very often. But whether they know it or not, I suspect that they are more alike than they are different….

  • Hola David,
    lamento mucho lo de tu hermano.


  • I love te colours and lay out of your blog, i really want to get hold of this theme, what are you using?

Comments are currently closed.