advance warning….


update:7:15 am september 3  nags head, north carolina…..hurricane Earl….

house shaking like hell and cannot take much more it seems…but not taking in water anywhere that i can see which is amazing in itself…now blowing 75mph and raining horizontal sheets…my street is a river…i doubt i can even walk outside and surely not make it to the truck….i cannot believe electricity is on and coffee almost ready…

simply spectacular to see and feel , but not something easy to show in a picture..will a shot out my front door is probably best i can do and even that will not be easy…weather satellite shows it is almost over…cats tired of being prisoners in the darkroom…they do not seem to have any appreciation whatsoever that i saved their lives…so far

( below is september 1  post)

no joke, i am now in a bit of trouble…

hurricane Earl , now updated to cat 4 is gathering strength …and headed for my town…this is a very different report than i had earlier today when we all thought Earl was going to pass 300 miles out to sea ….now, it appears we have been given advance warning of the worst possible news for those of us who live in the Outer Banks of North Carolina… all but permanent residents are being evacuated and almost everyone is preparing to leave…our island can take any beating , it is  supposed to move around and come and go,  but the structures on it are extremely vulnerable to wind and water at all times…everybody knows, nobody should live here…

yet i do, and i always knew the risks…grew up in this neighborhood, fell in love with photography in this neighborhood…

i now have about 24 hours to make some very major moves…i must do all i can to save my house and honestly there is not too much i can do except close the wooden hurricane shutters…what i really must do is round up all things of archival value…my negatives which i have here ready to make use of my darkroom …was just getting ready to print a few editions of my early family work…

my son Bryan and his girlfriend yoga maestra Michelle  are my neighbors…just by amazing luck we are all here now to lend each other a hand ….Bryan travels the world as a film maker but always makes sure he is here this time of year for the world class surf…Bry lives to surf and he has made it an art….film making is in second place in his mind, but his visual talent is clear….Bryan’s main tool,  the surf , was in its most majestic moment this afternoon…..alas, those beautiful waves from this afternoon might just come and try to clean out these overbuilt beaches by tomorrow…i just love those waves….they are the earth and the earth has rights… more than my personal property which i hope will survive, but it won’t be the end of the world if it doesn’t…

however, i am not idle, nor complacent ….if the projected path of the hurricane continues as is predicted , i will have no choice but to put my negatives/prints/books  etc into my pickup truck and drive away to safety…if it were not for the negatives etc i would be tempted to stick it out..and no my friends cannot come and get the negatives for me..already thought of that…they will not let anyone not from here to come here…i think …

hmmmm, story here?? maybe i can get permission from NatGeo to let me publish a picture or two here on Burn from what is going on…i mean wouldn’t that create buzz for their upcoming OBX  NatGeo Magazine story which they are contracting from me?? just thinking off the top of my head…more important things for me to think about now…

when things get dire , i feel my best…little things irritate me and i am annoyed too easily….but big things and major problems tend to make me calm and focused… problems are no more important than anyone’s,yet this seems to be a problem for many…every tv network on the planet is set up down on the beach…..anyway let’s not overdue this..all things relative and in the realm of natural fluctuations , this is the easiest to survive because of the advance warnings…..but i do know that you would be interested and mostly how ironic that we have been discussing archives, and digi and film etc etc…

ok, must move on this …i will keep you updated as best i can….

oh yes, almost forgot, much better and bigger news…Diego Orlando , Special Projects Editor of Burn, is in Perpignan, France at this very moment and is showing (and maybe selling) first edition copies of BURN 01 at Visa Pour L’Image …we must also talk Jean Francois Leroy, Founder and Director,  into at least a projection for the Burn audience next year..if you are in Perpignan now , just know i miss hanging out with  you and yes  please buy a book from Diego…this is a seriously cool book featuring 25 essays from photographers/artists published here on Burn , both iconic and from the audience here, two think pieces by Akaky and Bob Black, and  printed and bound by the best in Italy supervised by Diego and designed by Anton Kusters and researched by Anna Maria  Jester and yea i am in the mix too…  and if you are not published  in this edition,  maybe next….please try….best part of this is if my own stuff ends up underwater, at least i will have BURN 01 to show….i think this really might be the first seriously published book/magazine from the works from an online blog audience…

anyway, just to give you something constructive to do , i will do what i often do and ask you a question…

ok, here is a relevant one: if you were in my shoes , would you now concentrate on getting the old work/negs/prints off the island or should i spend my energies on taking new pictures of the catastrophe around me?

-david alan harvey-

1284 Responses to “advance warning….”

  • sorry I forgot to sign in:
    “the Local Troll”

  • AKAKY ……. super kool ……. “real imitation leather” ,,,,,,,,, laughing ……..made my day …

  • LEE…

    i was not expecting you for the friday show and did see your note….that was two weeks ago…i just thought you were back south/east for other family related things and still perhaps had new york on your agenda…anyway, enjoy your Maui winter and we will see you when the timing is right…

  • a note about love and caring…

    in november, the book MERCY will be published. Mercy is a project that James Delano has put together in order to raise funds and awareness for Hospice. He asked 100 photographers from around the world to contribute an image on the idea of “mercy”….all proceeds of the book and show will go to Hospice Japan and Hospice Care…..

    It was honor to contribute to this book as it is an act of trying to use photography as a means to bring both attention and funds for the work Hospice does….when the book is published, i will provide a link in case anyone is interesting in purchasing the book….the list of contributors is power….and it feels damn good, to use pictures to help rather than to call attention to self….

    David is also part of this remarkably generous effort, and was on board with his support from the beginning….I know how appreciate James is as well…

    amid the drawn out long-above conversation, something of a loving nature:

    James’ words and ideas are here


  • BOB…

    i was wondering whatever happened to the Mercy Project…i lose track of so many things, so thanks Bob for staying on my case on this one and making sure my work was in on time (more or less)…i will always support altruistic projects like this one managed by James and others who care….i do look forward to seeing the book….again, gratitude for the part you played….

    cheers, david

  • David :)))

    yes, the book will be amazing…and I can’t imagine the book without your picture and love and support….and such a great cause…

    James is a beacon of light :))…I think we’re all humbled and honored just to help him with this project and for his sister and Hospice…I know, personally, how appreciative he is of your love and support on this one too :))

    Photographs can do good :)

    ok, off to buy shop for Thanksgiving (yea, tomorrow in Canada)


  • Thanks Bob!
    …been reflecting for a while on the costs of anything related to health in US. Like a non-emergency ambulance ride to the hospital, 800 dollars. And you (well, not me, I am fine) have not even seen the doctor!
    And thinking of James reports from Burma, or John’s from Cambodia, can’t quite shake off thinking (knowing actually), what 800$ can achieve over there.

  • a civilian-mass audience

    yes, when the time is right…we will ALL meet…sooner or later…

    academians,photophilosophers,civilians,trolls,donors,atheists,sponsors,silent readers,religious…
    we are humans and we are versatiles…

    P.S AKAKY…thanks for the ξυλοφαφος …but I am παμφαγος(pamphagous)
    sorry for my English…and my readerproof skills
    I LOVE YOU ALLLLLLLLLLLL…cause when we need to support a good cause…
    WE ARE ALWAYS in the front line…the BURNING one…!!!

  • Imants…im terrified…i woke up and there are many little trolls on my pillow…
    damn i got trolls…trolls everywhere..
    good day y’all :)))))))))))))))))))))

  • and Imants , im glad u talk with images instead of words…im glad u keeping it real my troll friend

  • Herve “Like a non-emergency ambulance ride to the hospital, 800 dollars.”

    And we moan here in NZ about paying sixty bucks for the same service. Certainly puts things in perspective…

  • “Spending week making individual hand made books. Push to publish body of work”

    That’s definitely on my “wanna do” list.. would be nice to see pics!

  • Back to religion (cause I’m late and haven’t been around):

    I once spoke with a monk in Vietnam and he said the biggest problem the Buddhist “church” faced was the Catholicism of the faith: ie one could go about their lives in any manner and then come on Sundays and ask the Buddha for forgiveness and all “sins” would be erased. Of course Buddha and Buddhism doesn’t work like this.

    I think the lesson to be learned from Buddhism is surrender. WE aren’t in control. Of course this idea of control/surrender gets confused with some meditators, and I often see it rear its ugly head in the ayahuasca ceremonies I do. Some of the roughest times I’ve witnessed have been by hardcore meditators who think by striving really hard to sit still, they are somehow in control of themselves – ie they use control to surrender”. Well, it just doesn’t work that way, esp when using ayahuasca where you have to surrender to the medicine and whatever comes up, or you are fucked! Surrender is surrender, control is control.

    I also find that the more one fights a “demon”, the harder the demon fights back. Just accept it, give it some love, and it becomes a shrinking violet. It can’t stand it – it needs challenge and aggression. Buddhism isn’t about “destroying” anything – quite the opposite. It’s about transformation and the best way to do that is through love and acceptance. Of course, all easier said and done.

    Hope you are all having a great Sunday!


  • Funny, a Buddhist monk just walked by outside my window as I finished typing the above…. (not a typical occurrence in my neighborhood).

  • DAH…
    Once you mentioned a video that was shot during last year’s book making workshop… any chance you (or any of the participants) could dig it up and post it online? I’m interested both in the process and the final results…

  • “we are NOT in control”..
    That sums it up…
    Have great day Charles:)

  • Hey, not so fast buddha boys. There’s something to be said for complete control.

  • In Cambodia you have to pay BEFORE entering the ambulance. No money? No transport…

    Oh, and about the religion thing: “Religion is the opium of the people”…

  • “cancel my subscription to the ressurection …
    The girl in the window won’t drop…….
    the scream of the butterfly ….

    Hanging around with my face to the crowd………”

    Guess where I’m at?

    “hear a very gentle sound.. Very far very near..”

  • Everything is the opium for the people, if you want it so…. :-)

    PS: with 800$, one can help a lot of people pay their ambulance rides before in cambodia! ;-)

  • I would prefer that religion were the opiate of the people. Theses days it seems more like the crack and PCP with a Jack Daniels chaser of the people!

  • Well, if we really have to choose, I guess I’ll go with kool-aid of the people.

  • How about placebo of the people?….

  • a civilian-mass audience

    What are you drinking BURNIANS…

    I want …one of the same…:))))))))))

    Handmade photo books …sprinkled with fairy DAH editing dust…

    What Not To Love!!!

    Keep it up…don’t miss the BURNING bus…

  • Yesterday I got the chance to put to use some of DAH’s recent advice. For several months now, my kid’s been warning me that there was an upcoming Anime festival that he just had to go to. Well, yesterday it arrived and early in the morning I finally got around to finding out what he was talking about. We go to one or two Anime things every year and they’re always small affairs, so I hadn’t given it any thought, but this one turned out to be part of Comicon, the humongous comic book themed event at the convention center. Over the years I’ve seen many news reports and photographs from Comicon — essentially a bunch of nerds dressed up as comic book characters and the companies that want to bilk them — and had no interest whatsoever in going, much less photographing it. And I hadn’t changed my mind after a quick walk through once I got there, so I got a cup of coffee, found a sofa and got to work with my notebooks on a writing project. But coffee eventually gave way to wine and I thought, well, if I did want to photograph this, how would I approach it? Make fun of them? That seemed obvious and in line with what everyone else tended to do, but, happily, I found I had no interest in that. Still, what else was there? I didn’t like the place or care about the people beyond a mild distaste for indulging in such lavish, violent fantasies when the real world is such a mess due largely to people indulging in lavish, violent fantasies. Then I remembered the recent conversation here about the necessity of loving one’s subjects and attempted to approach essays from that perspective.

    Anyway, not the best coverage of Comicon ever, but a bit of fun and a positive experience.

  • Hi guys!

    I’ve been a bit lame as of late and fallen out of synch with burn! Should get back due to more than a reason really but all the time struggling to find the half an hour to go through the last couple of essays.

    For those in the UK, we have at the gallery Street Photography Now, that opened on Saturday. Many photographers that you might know, and plenty of DAH’s friends are involved in this one: Bruce Gilden, Alex Titarenko, Joel Meyerowitz, Alex Webb, etc. It’s all drawn out of a book published by Thames & Hudson that is currently sold out, only four or five days after being published.

    And our next exhibition is David Hurn, and we’ll let people curate part of it using his archives. More to come soon.

    More on the Street Photography Now:


    i am well aware of your efforts and success with Street Photography Now…..i am pleased to have you back with us here as well…also have you in the designs already for whenever we decide to publish another print edition of Burn…i hope your work with the gallery has not taken away completely your time for shooting….always anxious to see more of your personal street work…

    cheers, david

  • @david: you sometimes just have to choose, and 2010 is not the time to shoot (much). Hoping to get myself back on shooting when things calm down over here a bit, which would be when we have sorted out some paperwork and got more regular means of funding. After that it will not be plain sailing, but at least I’d have time to carry on projects if I’m disciplined enough! Right now it’s like having three full time jobs (they day one that pays, the gallery one that doesn’t, and photography that doesn’t either). In a way it is good to not be so hands on for a time, I get much more into thinking about how I’ll present the work and also getting a lot of experience on what a gallery would need from me if they thought about showing it.

  • Just flipping through the oct. 11 issue of Time and smiled to see a photo by Mr. Pete Marovich.
    And then got to the editor’s note and learned that the cover story, “the secret world of extreme militias”, was shot by 19 year old Ty Cacek.

    a seasoned pro who sometimes comments here …
    a gifted young photographer’s great work from a big assignment…

    both of these things made me think of bUrn and all it stands for… glad it exists!

  • Speaking of Galleries….

    DAH, Fight Club is no more.

    For everyone else, last year during FotoWeek DC, David and a few Burnians were featured in probably the coolest spot in town. Dubbed the Fight Club by it’s young punk rock skater denizens, the place had parties, gallery showings, music, impromptu concerts, bonfires, and a huge skate park inside! No pretentious jack-offs allowed! The real deal. A place I wish Panos could have seen… totally would have fit right in! Unfortunately, the same carefree, punker attitude that brought it into existence also apparently brought it down. Petty infighting, landlord issues, back rent, arguments with neighboring establishments, prostitutes and crack addicts… etc. I suppose, appropriately enough, it crashed and burned like a place called the Fight Club only could. Damn it was cool, though!


    Here are some images I shot last year of Harvey’s/Burn’s showing:

    And here is the Washington Post article about it’s short but way groovy life… and death:

  • @Michael: at least we don’t owe lease… we do owe months of utility bills, though, which is never a good thing either… and I was right now checking my bank account and I barely have money to pay rent at home (which I do owe!)

  • Indigenous People’s Opposition to Celebration and Glorification of
    Colonial Pirate Christopher Columbus

    (and u know i love pirates but not the ones who are connected to a genocide)

  • Once upon a time, I was going to teach history. I don’t know how or why I conceived that notion, but I did, and so when the time came for me to go to college, I signed up for lots of history courses. Now, I went to a state institution with the social and academic cachet of damp crabgrass, and as a result my professors were usually men with Ph.Ds'; I don’t think the place had enough money to hire grad students to fill in as teaching assistants. Of these, the most formidable was the gentleman who taught the course on the Crusades, an event that he’d forgotten more about than anyone in the class ever knew. On the first day of the class, after he’d handed out the syllabi, he informed us that in all papers we were to avoid the three great sins of historical writing: speculation, anachronism, and geneticism. Our indulging in any of these sins would be enough for him to dismiss any paper we’d written out of hand. What are these great sins?

    First, speculation and geneticism, which I am combining here because they are closely related. Geneticism is a scientific concept that holds that all human behavior is hard-wired by DNA. In historical terms, geneticism means that the events of the past had to happen the way they happened. This, however, is not true. One of the main points David McCullough makes in nearly every speech he gives is that nothing, absolutely nothing, in history had to happen the way it did happen. If there wasn’t a fog on the Brooklyn side of the East River after the Battle of Long Island, Washington and the Continental Army would have been trapped and crushed by the British and the American Revolution would have ended before it truly got started; if Napoleon Bonaparte had been guillotined during the Terror, the history of France would have been entirely different; if Edward VI had lived to adulthood and married, Elizabeth would be a historical footnote; if Franz Ferdinand’s chauffeur hadn’t gone down the wrong street in 1914, Adolf Hitler would have remained a strange little man muttering to himself as he drew picture postcards for the tourists in Vienna. The terrible ifs, as Churchill put it, accumulate, which leads us to the sin of speculation. The terrible ifs accumulate, but in history, the ifs do not count-what happened is what happened. The would haves, should haves, could haves are all very good, but history does not reveal its alternatives-what happened is what happened. In history, everyone gets to have their own opinion, but no one gets their own facts, not unless you can dig new facts out of the historical record. In the argument between factual and counterfactual, factual wins every time.

    And finally, anachronism. Anachronism in history is the projection into the past of ideas and attitudes that the people at the time could not or would not have had. For example, Christopher Columbus is routinely damned for not being a sensitive 21st century PC type who was directly responsible for the genocide of the American Indians. This is a heavy weight for anyone to bear, especially a 15th century man barely out of the Middle Ages who is accused of slaughtering millions of people. In Henry Morton Robinson’s novel The Cardinal, an Italian priest sums up all of American history in a single sentence: America was discovered by an Italian who thought he was going somewhere else. And this, in a way, is true. Columbus died in 1506, believing to the end that he had found a new sea route to Asia. The people he found he called Indians because that is what he believed they were: people from India. Blaming Colombus for what other men did with his discoveries is like blaming Albert Einstein for the atomic bomb. Einstein did not develop the bomb nor did he drop it; what he did do in his 1939 letter was point out that the device was technologically possible and that no one with half a brain would want to live in a world where the Nazis had the bomb and no one else did. And, just for the sake of argument, let’s indulge in a little speculation, hideous though that was to my professor. Eliminate Columbus from the equation, eliminate the voyages of Cabot and the rest, eliminate all of voyages between 1492 and 1500, and what do you get? You still have the Portuguese going down the coast of Africa and the chance that one of them would have been the first to encounter the Americas. So instead of Columbus being the capital of Ohio, Cabral would have been. The idea that the Americas were going to remain unfound by Europeans defies belief, and that once found, that Europeans were going to treat the aboriginal population any different than they treated any one else calls for a very large suspension of disbelief.

  • Just came on off a New Mexico to California road trip. Wanted to let you know
    I was featured yesterday on the award winning blog The Travel Photographer. He even mentions my burn connection!

  • Leif Erikson “discovered” the Americas 500 years before Christoper Columbus.

  • Akaky, you are correct..Columbus never knew he made it over here…The Queen of spain never gave him credit…
    Im not against that crazy pirate..who cares..its just the government should rename this holiday to “Native American genocide Day”…its a little more accurate..Why celebrating a crazy pirate that discovered India”?

  • “All the ancient histories, as one of our wits say, are just fables that have been agreed upon.” ~Voltaire

  • Michael true..but nobody ever “discovered” diggers..thats all..
    why not celebrate a “National Fish Day” for the first fish discovered the earth….(if Darwin was right of course)

  • “Legend: A lie that has attained the dignity of age.” ~H.L. Mencken

  • “why not celebrate a “National Fish Day” for the first fish discovered the earth…”

    I’m all for that!

    Utter waste of a holiday this Columbus Day is.

  • Michael as Herve would say “Utter Crap”…
    or Sidney “National Local Troll Day”….just teasing!!!!!!!!!!

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