advance warning….

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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 try..like 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…..my 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….”


  • Could anyone post some pictures from the bookmaking workshop???

  • burn
    BABY
    burn……
    my heart feels so happy for this community…..
    X

  • The fact that no one has seen fit to post photos of September’s workshop party leads me to the conclusion that the whole thing degenerated into a drunken orgy wherein small children were sacrificed to the Babylonian fire god Moloch and all photos destroyed in order to keep the police off everyone’s trail.

  • Akaky

    Uhh, yah, I was thinking exactly the same thing.

  • AKAKY…

    someone right here ( i cannot remember who) did post pictures from that event…

    THODORIS…

    i will do it…i am shooting the whole thing….i just cannot do it until tomorrow…we are in our usual last day scramble to finish the printing for the books, get a slide show ready, and prepare for the final fiesta…lots going on…in any case, i will have the pictures available….

    WENDY…

    you have always been such a strong supporter…thank you….by the way, i was just back in Jackson Hole doing having an evening with some of our mutual friends there…and yes yes, well you may imagine the results…

  • heya all,

    Congrats for NYT lens blog!!
    Burn rules! :)

  • A Friday full of good news and karma, it seems…
    ..burn. on NYT Lens…
    ..another successful (I expect) workshop and final fiesta..
    ..the weekend is almost here and it is a perfect, crisp sunny fall day here…
    ..I got my “good” copy of Bunn.01 in my mailbox (unscathed) today…

    Hmm…even thoguh work calls, perhaps I need to go shoot….yes, yes, I think that I do…..

  • The following link is for Anonymous photographer Akaky…

    http://untappednewyork.com/2010/09/26/rooftop-party-with-bruce-davidson-and-david-alan-harvey/

    reportage from the NYC loft workshop…

  • So proud of all the burn kittens :)

  • oh…I checked out the untapped site, Andrew; nice pix. I was sort of hoping to see some of them Moloch pictures though; I had to shell out my school taxes this past week and so I am not partial to kids at the moment.

  • Magic Friday today…
    Life changing for some

  • Just got an email from Magnum telling me that signed copies of Divided Soul are available at their store.

    Looked through the sample pics and noticed Jouvert photos from Trinidad. I never knew you did Jouvert, David. Trinidad’s must be one of the two best.

  • MW..

    how, why, would you have received such an e-mail i wonder?? i am going to check…very curious

    ERICA…

    yes, a day to be proud …tomorrow we will slammed i am sure, but today we are just fine!!

    MARCIN..

    thank you my Polish friend, and you are indeed the longest running commentator on Road Trips/ Burn….

    ANDREW B..

    yes, go shoot….then show me at some point….

  • It’s because I subscribe to several of their mailing lists. The actual title of the email was more like “new arrivals in Magnum bookstore.” Your was just one of them.

    You’ve occasionally mentioned showing the contact sheets from various shoots. If you’re ever in the mood to show me the stuff from Jouvert Trinidad, I’d love to see how you approached it (think you know I regularly shoot Jouverts?) Trinidad, along with Grenada, are reportedly the best.

  • a civilian-mass audience

    Thank you MR.JAMES ESTRIN, thank you New York Times…
    because credit …where and when credit is due…!!!

    The sky is the limit…hmmm…not even the sky…
    Where is my SPACECOWBOY ,OURPATRICIA,JENNY,RAFAL,ANDREAC…
    MyGRACIE…KATHLEEN FONSECA…I need some of my academians to help me
    express my gratitude…SIDNEY…TOMHYDE…ROSSY
    Where are you my BURNIANS???
    …AUSTRALIA,ASIA,AFRICA,EUROPE,NORTH and SOUTH POLE,
    NORTH and SOUTH AMERICA…UNIVERSE…I am calling all of you…
    THANK YOU ALL…
    Of course MR.HARVEY…souvlakia on me…beer on you

    NNTR…I am the happiest civi ..

  • a civilian-mass audience

    Oime…my sincere apologies…how can I forget…

    A big Thank you…to our Silent Readers and Silent Donors…
    cause without you …yes, you know…without you…
    Oime…thank you to the people who are working behind the screen
    And thank you ANTON…our ANTON…and MIKEC and all of you…

    Oime…can someone stop me…??? :)))))))))))))))))))))))))

  • MW…

    i did show my “contact sheets” in class, but i guess that was one of the days you were not around…sure, anytime i will be pleased to show you…

  • David…

    No pressure…
    looking forward to a glimpse of what you’re doing there…

    in the meantime…

    Ways To Understand Units of Measurement:
    http://www.mcsweeneys.net/2010/10/13sacks.html

    :))

  • congratulations to all who made the cut into burn-1 and to the heads in the place who put it on the table..
    highly deserved NYT time..
    brilliant stuff.

  • MICHAEL K…

    i knew it was gone, but thanks for the whole story…and the link to last year’s gig…a cool deal to be be sure as you say….Tony does have it leased for Photoweek this year anyway…a one time deal…there was no way i could get a Burn show going this year though…not enough time…so i do not know what will be shown there…i am supposed to do something, but i can’t remember what exactly…

  • It was a blast wasn’t it?!

    “i am supposed to do something, but i can’t remember what exactly…”

    That’s what we all love about you, David!

  • a civilian-mass audience

    MICHAELK…yeap,What Not To Love…!!!
    I am with you…

    Viva BURNIANS…I am getting ready for our terrible two’s of our BURN baby…
    now how did I end up …the birthday civilian…I don’t really know
    BUT I know that…for sure

    I LOVE YOU ALLLLLLL :)))

  • Birthday Civi? Thought you were a Valentine’s Day baby. Or are you talking about Burns 2nd birthday which is actually not too far in the future huh? How are you Civi?

  • a civilian-mass audience

    LEE…another golden heart…yes, BURN is going to be two!!!

    I am back to Greece…I am between Chinese …and chickens…new baby chickens…
    Cause Greece looks more like …”ritdiena” lately…
    Are u back in Maui…shooting your backyard…???
    I will be traveling West again…I hope to meet some of you,MY BURNIANS…!!!

    The journey…is my ultimate destination…but for now…I just clean chicken poo…:)))
    LEE I love your Traveling links…I better go back to the face of book…!!!

  • a civilian-mass audience

    THODORI,

    I love it…say hi to IOANNA…!!!

  • All…
    I have a suggestion:
    DO DRUGS…
    Youll feel better (not guaranteed)..
    But it’ll keep u occupied and not able to write crappy bull in this blog

  • a civilian-mass audience

    PANOS…come to Greece…lots of chicken pooh to clean
    You will feel better ( guaranteed)
    And it will keep u occupied …not able to write crappy bull in this blog ( not guaranteed)
    :))))))))))))

  • full time job, that is panos..
    one million projects in a day..
    just try to not bounce if walking in brooklyn.
    :ø)

  • Civi…

    Thanks dude…
    Will do…

  • DAVID:

    PLEASE check your answering machine…..

    i tried calling a couple times this weekend…i know your busy….

    call me when u get a chance….

    important
    bob

  • Hmmm… it’s fascinating just how easy it is for some people to fall for such obvious propaganda, isn’t it?

    http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/10/17/wikileaks/index.html

  • MICHAEL…DAVID B…

    hmmm…information dissemination is clearly out of hand…trying to imagine order or credibility sources…it now takes a lot of reading and research to try to figure out the truth….and even more work to try to figure out what one can DO about it…

  • paultreacy.com
    October 18, 2010 at 11:26 am Edit

    Frostfrog – The screen on my old back-up G3 iBook has just died, funnily enough. I used it as a music center. Alas, no more. Strange coincidence. I’m going to suck all the music files out and stick them on a jump drive for the time being. I feel your frustration.

    For those among you who are London residents or will be in town between tomorrow and the 30th might be interested in seeing my work feature in a group show at the Strand Gallery, 32 John Adam Street, WC2.

    http://londonphotography.org.uk
    http://paultreacy.com

    Cheers.

  • DAH, how did the hand made book workshop turn out? I am curious exactly what that entails. Any links or photos of the attendees work? I only saw one note on Twitter.

  • yes yes, great pictures ARE easy to take…funny though, few can take them..smiling…
    ————————————-

    David, picked that up from Roberto’s essay page. I suppose one can say that we do not take (nor plan to take) great pictures, but might end up with.

    With this in mind, what is your “definition” of a great picture?

    Do you have pictures that you find great, while they may not be ever recognized as such, or is a great picture something that you AND others (especially in the profession itself) eventually agree it is?

    Or there is nothing eventual about a great picture, ie. It is great out of the box, its greatness obvious to “everyone” (In parentheses, because there are always nay-sayers).

    Thank you.

  • Hello FILM SHOOTERS…

    In the middle of some house cleaning– have 12 rolls of T-max 120 format, ISO 100… up for grabs! First come first served! Can’t vouch for the quality, they’re old (date on box says 2003) but they’ve been in the fridge all along. (and hey, you can’t beat the price!) If you think you can put them to use drop me a line: mike (at) michaelkircher (dot) com.

    If you’re in the States I’ll mail them to you no problem. If you’re overseas… that might require help on your end. ;^}

    Cheers,
    -MK

  • LEE…

    i have only done 5 hand made book workshops…three in Tuscany and two here at home…all were so special…this last one, maybe the very best…by definition a class of hand made book students must be small…no more than six….of course everyone must come into the class with a substantial cache of pictures…this is not a shooting class…the beauty of it is that nobody can even imagine what is going to come out at the end of the week…that is true of any workshop, but most true of this one…no matter where one goes with their work after, having a one of a kind item in your hand is hard to beat…a legacy of sorts…certainly the most valuable thing i have as a photographer is my hand made book when i was a child….to one degree or another , everyone will feel that about their hand made book someday…we use this tactile approach to their photography to also help them think about mainstream publishing…one really understands their own work better if they have played with it and shaped by hand….how can you beat scissors, paste and string?? i will put up some pics later…

    HERVE…

    you are asking a question and i am quite sure you know the answer….i know you know the answer for writing and painting and film and the answer is the same for photography….i.e. the more one studies the history of painting, and the more one goes to the museums and studies works of the masters and the more one just savors and looks and feels and breathes painting, or any art form, the more one “knows” …part referential, part instinct….the fact that there is nothing empirical about it , is what makes it so so special after all….and when there are several bottles of different fine wine available, one may appreciate all of them…usually however, one will choose one over the others…in that sense it is as you would imagine…all about individual taste…

    cheers, david

  • MICHAEL…

    would love a roll or two of that TMax for my Amer Family work….in DC next week…cold beer for film trade??

  • All… Bad news for venice beach..
    Last week mr.Rosenthal (councilman) brought a new law..
    NO MORE RV’s allowed in venice…!!???!
    And that’s only the beginning…
    Now there is new “law” coming up..
    If you are homeless on the beach you immediately
    getting arrested.. (little window: if u just lost your home and u r temporarily homeless u r removed to a shelter )..
    And that was it.. This is the end of venice beach as we knew it..
    And I feel proud for my photo work here for the last 3 years..
    I recorded the END of an era..
    The Jim Morrison’s and beatniks venice is now officially dead..
    But I still haven’t shown to you all I got..
    New work from the last 12 months is still in my hard drives belly
    and begs to be born..
    Good afrernoon from venice and sorry for the bad news..
    Peace

  • DAH… it’s all yours. Easy delivery too! Txt or email me and we can meet up.

  • That’s the best you could hope for, Panos. Your work becomes unqiue and will stay that way, as no one can ever pick the vibes you captured, that will speak of a time now gone (something photography is pretty good about).
    I have struggled myself with Pattaya as a place with vibes and onion layers, and here, I feel I am too late (especially since I knew the place inside out since the late 80′s), and that will teach me to pick up photography at 50 years old. 40 would have been OK…..

    Never mind, life is great, and THAT is not a matter of individual taste! :-))))

  • Panos, there seems to be a continual supply of end of eras. Glad you got to document it too. Love your book you put together. Would love to see more.

    What makes a great photo great? Interesting. I don’t think I’m the only one that does this–in fact, I think lots of folks do. I find a photo every once in a while that I absolutely fall in love with and no one else gets it at all. Some time back during a discussion of putting together an essay DAH said to ask “..are they visually articulate on the subject.” That really made me look differently at the work I was working on at that point. Good question to ask of your photos I find. Thanks DAH.

    Looking forward to photos of the hand made book workshop.

  • Herve, you didn’t start with photography till you were 50? That was the age I did too. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks!!!

  • Panos, isn’t there a long history of failed attempts to throw the bums out of Venice beach? You never know though, I hear Times Square used to have some character before it got turned into Las Disney. And yea, I hope you show more photos. Miss the greek days.

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