one month BURNing…

one of the worst ideas i have ever had was starting BURN three days before Christmas!!  what a bad idea….but, when i get passionate about something, it is hard to hold me back….so, thus it was that BURN was launched just as i was getting on an airplane and heading for Colorado to see my mother who has no internet modum…..hmmmm, and i am here to help emerging photographer’s think??  well, please know that i do not always do the right thing…however, here we are and i just want to take a minute to take stock….

first of all, i want to thank the readers here for submitting so much work for publication on BURN…some of you may not realize, but so far,  all of the work published on BURN has come from you….and this morning i was looking at what we have ready to roll and the next weeks and months are going to be exciting indeed….at first, i was really worried about having daily updates on BURN…i could not imagine it…now, i could do two posts per day easy !!  we have lots of content coming in and “the bar” is going to get higher and higher …

the internet audience is indeed a fickle one and an impatient one as well….you have so many choices out there and you want what you want NOW….i get that, but i also ask you to be a little bit patient with BURN…i was getting judged after 6 days, when i could see that to really “get” BURN ,in all of its manifestations, would take 6 months….one sentence is not a paragraph and one paragraph is not a book….i surely would not want to be judged on my first 6 days of anything… essays or relationships or anything!!  but, i will take the criticism because this  is fair enough…i have put myself “out there”, so that is just the way it goes…so expect more flaws, but expect some revelations as well…

i mean, BURN right now is just me editing, writing etc and Anton Kusters managing most of the tech stuff….i have been in about three locations since BURN started and Anton has been in either Belgium or Japan…so, neither of us can possibly get any sleep because of the time zones…and both of us are shooting as well…sitting by a computer editing is not what i envision for life…i am a working photographer and i will stay a working photographer….my number one priority photographically is my next book….and i hope you will see that this is important for me to be a photographer first and an editor second…but, my work is not published here on BURN…..yours is…..and that is the way it will be..

my choices for essays and singles are just that…my choices….choice comes from either something i really really like  OR  photographs that i think will invite discussion….and there is certainly no lack of discussion!!  i like photojournalism….i like conceptual photography….frankly, i like whatever is truly compelling….again, the work published here has come from the pool of submissions from you, or from photographers i have mentored online or in workshops…..i was thinking at first to cast a wider net and i will  do that  too, but things are coming in so fast and the essays are getting so good, that it is a full time job just to view it all….

plus, we will start soonest the “Work in Progress” section for  developing essays…i will take on 5 new photographers for this and work with them a month or so and then select 5 more…i predict many of you will be hanging around “Work in Progress” over all other sections…i will continue to profile  so called iconic photographers as a way of mixing it all up on the same pages…not only Magnum photographers as some would expect, but photographers from all agencies , galleries , etc etc…this is my nature…i do this in my workshops…my student show always follows the show of one of the greats…this honors say an Alessandra Sanguinetti or a Eugene Richards, but gives a special cred to the emerging photographers who will soon become the “greats”….this is my whole point of mentoring….to discover the next great photographer OR to provide a meaningful way of making photography an integral  part of your life…

your ideas and your work are BURN…..i am just a moderator….BURN may be likened to “talk radio”…participation is the message….as you know , i have ideas for funding beyond the Emerging Photographer Fund grant….to give some of you the funding you need to finish your projects and ideally to create from “scratch” content specific for  BURN…it would seem that  a financial recession would not be the ideal time to do this…i think the opposite…sponsors are looking to the net…content is king….for a fraction of what sponsors are spending now, we can give them THE place to be…..and photographers rights are always paramount in my mind and my life philosophy….

if you tap into your passion, if you create something special,  and if that appears here, then indeed the audience will become the producers……we have a chance for the ultimate collaboration…a chance to invent something…joining something can be terrific…inventing something is the ultimate…

your thoughts???

308 Responses to “one month BURNing…”

  • Laura that made me laugh out loud! The legend that is Cliff Richard!! Awesome. Thank you.

  • A Long time – It’s been months since I’ve had the convenience of having internet from home. Finally AT&T laid in fiber optics and we’re in business. DAH – I was thinking, maybe having specific people, I mean it’s kind of this way already with the daily photos, but specific people could start a topic and post with their name? is that a possibility?

  • David,

    You continue your legacy in classic David Alan Harvey style. This site is so wonderful and inspirational. Thanks for all the free, hard work you’re doing on behalf of others. It’s deeply and sincerely appreciated, and I know I speak on behalf of many. And thanks to all the photographers posting such powerful work.

    Mil gracias,

  • You continue your legacy in classic David Alan Harvey style.

    He, is still emerging…

  • Извините, как можно добавить свой материал на сайт?

  • A Civilian- mass audience

    ok. BURNIANS,

    he lost his way…
    he needs help to submit material here, an essay or who knows?

    не волнуйтесь, я буду звать на помощь
    I told him that I will call for help…


  • Для Черноморец:
    С правой стороны есть колонка burn magazine, под ней будет ссылка под надписью submissions, нажмите на нее.
    далее будет текст с описанием принимаемых материалов: в первой части для тех кто хотел бы прислать 1 фотографию, сохраните ее как sRGB с расширением jpg file для интернета 72dpi, качество поставить 9 or 10 (90% or 100%)
    в пустые строчки впишите по порядку
    имя, ваш электронный адрес, ваш сайт (фотографический :))), название фотографии, дата создания, информация о фото. дальше нажмите browse и выберите файл на вашем компьютере.
    если хотите прислать эссе
    впишите в строчки внизу на той же странице
    # Your Name(required) имя
    # Email(valid email required) ваш электронный адрес
    # Link to essay proposal(required) ссылку на ваше эссе на интернете
    # Information about proposed essay информация об эссе.
    Остальную информацию вы получите лично на ваш адрес.
    Надеюсь смогла помочь

  • testing …

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