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….”

  • Audrey,
    thanks so much for the pictures. And big, HUGE congrats to you!
    Looking forward to meeting you in Paris in November.

  • ….even the big name iconic photographers are trying to get in…but, they are in the minority from my point of view…BURN will continue to feature the younger evolving revolving emerging i wanna make it eager talented photographers….

    And all we have to do is…. Shoot naturally! :-)))

  • Lassal,
    thank you for your video.
    I can understand David obsession very well
    And he was perfect with the golden bag :)))))

    contact me at the email you find in the website.
    I only have one copy but you must have a look at it
    Don’t worry about being busy :))


    yea, i liked the gold bag…well, you know all this bit about bags is actually at its root a practical thing…i mean the one thing with me all the time, everyday, everywhere, is my backpack or camera bag containing all my credit cards, passport, and camera gear…and of course it is either too small to carry what i need that day or too large to carry one camera and lens or not waterproof or looks too nice and says “steal me” or not nice enough or……whatever. in reality i use about 2 or 3 different bags…but i test many…for one thing some companies have sent me too many bags to test etc…one of our readers here wants me to design a Burnbag….you know our logo and the whole bit…well, maybe

  • DAVID,

    let this be two users asking you for a burn photographer’s bag. :)
    The “burn” logo small and as understatement to fight the “steal me” effect.
    And many small pockets to store all the nitty gritty …

    ummmm, please.


    ah yes,but this is the problem with bag design or even bag choice…everybody wants something different…or at least everyone’s priorities are different..i would put light weight and water resistant at the top and others would put camera padding and many pockets at the top of their list..and everything is a compromise….by the way, the longer the list of “must have”, the heavier the bag… and on and on and on….

  • Burn logo below/inside the bag-flap. A total insider.
    Yeah … I’d consider taking one, too.

    check your skype … :)

    the pink one was not too bad either. A little small perhaps. Hehe

  • DAVID,

    I get the point – and always read here very prick-eared when you talk about bags :)
    Hm, what about a bag construction kit. – No Joke. A bag which allows to attach smaller bags outside. A modular approach. Mainly a waterproof messenger bag, light and stable.


    yes thanks .. let’s skype about it, very very interesting.

  • Hi everybody. I’ve just came back from Visa 2010, so I want to share with this huge community some stuff:

    I’ve met some burnians, and we shared in avant premiere the Burn 01 Mag (I’d rather call a book instead of a magazine… almost 300 pages, and heavy) I like “brick” books :-)
    Print are awesome, with high quality, paper is smooth and nice.
    Great job to everyone who has participated, starting from DAH, Anton, the photogs inside, etc, etc,

    There were some stuffs that blow my mind out:

    0.Burn 01 Magazine!

    1.MediaStorm is rocking everywhere.
    I can’t believe what human being can do with a computer!!!
    Pictures, sound, video, multimedia (obviously there are some technician behind), but amazing things, and also the idea that Brian Storm has in mind: Just spread the multimedia piece by social networks, you can post the code in your facebook account or in your web site. NOT the LINK, the whole project!!!

    2.Michael Nichols was happy like a kid with a Christmas toy, staring in front of “his” printed tree of 18 meters high! A picture of 18 meters printed and hanging in the wall of an ancient church!! He explained how he made it with help of technicians, climbers, computers, remote control, bla bla, yes tech stuff.
    120hours of stiching every picture together… but awesome result!
    He would be laughing looking at the picture inside NatGeo issue hundred times smaller…

    DAH, hope to see Burn 02 at VISA 2011, with a huge projection, conference, discussion with some burnians folks around :-)

    Sorry about my english grammar…

    Love you all!! (Civi, let me use you Copyright)
    Gotta go… TMAX waiting to be developed…this evening!


  • Speaking of bags, I always loved my Freitag bag.
    Understated (if you want), simple, functional, heavy duty, water resistant, expandable and recycled. And it never screams “steal me”.
    Ok, it’s not really cheap but nobody’s perfect.

  • Hilarious video! Can’t wait to show my wife that I’m not so bad after all (not even close!).

    I’ve settled on the Billinghams for shoulder bags. Not cheap, but nothing compared to women’s handbags.

    Backpack I’ve yet to find one that I really like that isn’t too small, too big, etc etc….

  • Im still using the Domke bag that David gave me. Had to hack up an old Nikon bag to use as a liner/padding and its stuffed full of silica bags to soak up the moisture that the canvas picks up….and the pockets kinda suck from a security point of view…but a nice bag none the less. holds two small bodies with (small) lenses and a bunch of film…what more do you need?

  • John
    I use a Freitag bag too. Every time I meet DAH he measures it :) But I think he is not convinced.

  • Freitags rock! Wouldn’t change it…
    He should give it a try I reckon. Oh well.

  • I will get that extra padding for the shoulder strap, though. The seatbelt-strap is a little tough on my shoulder when I have much to carry.

  • Yeah, maybe. For me a little jacket at the bottom for the odd rain and bumps on the camera is enough.
    Anyway, it’s only a bag right?

  • For me the thing about bags is that you can look at them on a website, even examine them in a store, but until you really start to use a bag day to day, you don’t know how good it is.

    I’ve got bags where they look good, seem very practical, etc, but then you load them up and start carrying them around and you realise that the strap is uncomfortable on your shoulder (just doesn’t sit right), or the shape of the bag does not fit well against your body, and much more. And that’s not just camera bags, all bags only reveal how good they are when really used on the street daily.

    Like Charles, for camera bags, I’ve settled with Billingham. I’ve got a 5-6 year old Hadley (Original model) that’s just about perfect. Fits two M6s (in Lowepro little shoulder pouches), light meter and a days worth of film, note book etc. It is not the lightest bag, but it is small. For some reason Billingham have discontinued this model of the Hadley, the others they make are a bit smaller or larger.

    For a daily bag (not for photography), I’ve recently bought a Manhattan Portage shoulder bag. Again it’s a small bag, just big enough for a magazine or two, a note book, ipod etc. It was well priced. Is light, and seems well made so far and it carries well. It just doubled up as a camera bag during a week in France and it worked very well. I remember when this brand of bag was the one to be seen carrying in London, but not anymore.

    But for me, when photographing, the best bag is no bag at all. I find a bag just gets in the way. What I find even more important and useful than a bag is my dark green Beretta shooting vest.

  • My main problem is that I use two cameras on sniper straps, so when they are slung and i am shooting the bag just gets in the way, snarling up the straps. Also I have to sling the thing behind me and with the crummy pockets on the domke it is a pickpockets dream. So all my valubles have to be stashed on me and just leave a bunch of film in the domke.


    yes, we stayed on Cape Breton the entire time…i think we all lost our hearts there….what killed me, besides the extraordinary landscapes (and i’ve lived/seen a lot in california, ireland, scotland, mediterrean, etc) and the people, was the extraordinary light….i was stunned, really stunned…i used to love the winter light in Florida when i lived there when i switched from painting to photography, but the clarity and physical swelling of the light, it’s clarity in both the morning and evening just floored me….i kept thinking about what Trent P talks about when he shoots….and Mike, for sure, Cape Breton is amazing…as is all of NS….actually, as nice as Halifax is, i was spoiled by our hibernation on Breton…..and if you do need anything at all, send me an email: …..i’m slow on the computer these days, but i will answer…

    Gordon: she must be a keeper, your wife, indeed :)))

    DAVID :)))….funny, but guess what, i even started to think about shooting in color…that light and all the color of the sea and the houses and the boats….even in florida, i didn’t perceive color that way…and if i can figure out how to get to light that consistent again, i ditch monochrome….i mean, how can a painter live forever shooting b/w…i dont know, and as you and anton know, i’m growing tired of b/w….but i totally see your kodachrome there….funny, i even thought of your picture of the older couple from the chesapeake (in their dining room) a few times on this trip….Harvey could make that place sing like Cuba/Mexico/Brazil ;))))…….fingers crossed to see what my b/w will look like, buyt god damn, do i now hunger for color…..and i cant get the light here in TO

    hugs all

  • I’ve never owned a true “camera bag”, along the likes of Domke, et al; but I have been enjoying my latest acquisition for $3.99 USD:,3145.html

    I picked up one of these at a local discount shop. It is water-proof/resistant, but has no padding to speak of – it does seem perfect for cycling with a rangefinder & a few rolls of film, though.

  • I’d never used proper camera bags before but since my lens broke I’ve bought a crumpler…just so i know it’s alltogether and nicely protected.
    Up til now they’ve been slung in whatever large bag i’m using wrapped in a hat.
    I can’t find the perfect bag…i need lots of pockets, top opening, room for a cardi and book and all the junk i carry around as well as cameras film etc. and i want to like it.
    watching david’s video made me laugh…it’s just a never ending search :)

  • I dont have any good reason anymore to complain about camera bags!…damn it

  • by the way, the longer the list of “must have”, the heavier the bag… and on and on and on….

    btw, i love heavy bags..
    (tip: better look at them than carry them)


    just a quick note to say that Guido gazzilli beautiful new essay does not show up on the first page…and it’d be a shame for people to miss this beautiful, imaginative and thoughtful work and makes a compelling argument about the need for creative thinking within the context of historical work….maybe there was some kind of wordpress problem that didn’t put it on the front page: all, have a look :))

    GORDON :)))..great and thanks for making my day…i miss so much that rugged coast already :)))))



  • BOB..
    checking …some kind of error


    Subject: John Loengard on The Role of the Photo Editor


  • BOB…ALL…

    FISNIK now up as it is supposed to be…an error on my part..apologies


    thanks for the Perpignan report….yes i think next year we will be in France for both the Arles festival and Perpignan…we just could not make it this time around…Anton in Japan and me shooting outer banks…besides i actually think it was good that i was not there….interesting what you say about MediaStorm…Brian has been the leader for a long time in the multi media business…he is a businessman and it shows….he worked for Bill Gates first…..i think we should either subcontract Brian for some tech stuff or do some mutual activities…anyway, we will see…


    yes, i love the Billingham Hadley too…that is after it gets beat up a bit….brand new it does say steal me doesn’t it?….but that bag is waterproof (thanks to it being a UK bag) and easy access etc etc…that bag (actually the similar Brady bag) was THE war photographer bag for the entire Vietnam war and THE photojournalists bag for many years after before Domke came along and sort of took over that role as “use this and look like a pj pro”…both of them, Billingham and Domke , now a bit out of fashion with the younger generation probably for that reason…too popular with the previous generation…for the time being on the “not cool” list…they shall return soon i promise!!!

  • About the John Loengaard piece: it’s a dream. That’s how it SHOULD be. Is it in real life?


    Yes, the Hadley needs to be beat up a bit to feel right, and look right too I guess. Perhaps it is a “steal me” bag when looking new, but it also looks like you’ve borrowed it from your grandfather, doesn’t it?

    Interesting thing for me is that I have never been identified as a photographer while carrying the bag, but I have been asked about my fishing on more than one occasion!

  • DAH ….. yes …ready for more … will leave message on skype

  • “Subject: John Loengard on The Role of the Photo


    Actually it is on the role of a picture editor. But I guess the first paragraph applies to the role of the photo…

  • Ah, but if you’ll take a chance on a Hadley in Sage it
    becomes a stealth bag. I do miss the canvas, but appreciate
    the low profile.


    I have my Billinghams in all black. Definitely takes away the grandpa fly fishing factor and they tend to disappear more.

    Yeah, the thing about shoulder bags is wanting to keep them small as possible for walking around all day, but then what does one do with that rain jacket, water bottle, maps, bananas, half eaten sandwich, that knick-knack you just had to have, and so on. I would like to design a bag that has expandable flaps on the pockets, is stylish (but doesn’t read steal me or camera bag), protects your gear well (dividers that change size as well) while allowing room for all that other crap. And can maybe be both comfortably a backpack and/or messenger/shoulder bag style!

    Maybe we need a bag design roundtable!


  • Loengrad piece a must read. Thanks DAH! I am going to use bits of that for my future rock photo camps, the parts about what makes a photograph interesting.

    Now if only all those young buck picture editors/creatives out there would read this….

  • Free workshop with VII’s Antonin Kratochvil in New York !

    you New Yorkers are damn lucky buggers!

  • Katia; “you New Yorkers are damn lucky buggers!” You Northern Hemisphere-ites (is that a word?) are lucky buggers! :-)

    Audrey’s Burn and Facebook updates were really appreciated by those of us who live a long way from Visa. Thanks Audrey! :-)

  • Following on from the editing discussion a while back; I was just looking through some pics I took on Monday night and was wondering what people do after shooting. Do you look at your pics right away, or not for ages (if able)? I know David has often said he doesn’t like to look at his pics while in the midst of shooting a project.

    I’m sort of the opposite. I like to check mine the next day and see where I’ve gone wrong, or right; or what whether an idea didn’t work, but has potential etc. I don’t edit hard for quite a while though. Even then I’m pretty hopeless at editing “similar” images sometimes.

    Maybe it’s my inexperience at shooting “people” (about 3-4 years) but I find looking back at what I shoot doesn’t make me think “I’ve got it, move on” but “I can improve on that” I find that it inspires me to push harder. But again; that’s probably my inexperience coming to the fore?

    But then again I remember reading Bill Allard saying the instant feedback he got while shooting a Polaroid assignment helped him. And he was certainly not inexperienced! :-)

    It’s probably a horses for courses thing, but I’d be interested to hear what others do after shooting!

    Cheers :-)

  • Ross

    I tend to view, and edit immediatly.

    Perhaps this is not a good idea. However, I find if I do not do it right away, I sometimes never get to it at all. I’m speaking of personal photos.
    In my working life, I’m a portrait photographer. When I finish a shoot, I upload, edit, archive immediatly. There is no other practical way.

    I cannot imagine waiting. It is one of the wonderful aspects of the digital revolution. Immediate feedback.
    In the film days we used polaroid for instant feedback. Now we have instant feedback, with tech data, all the time. This instant feedback has changed the way we make photographs, for the better. No longer do we have to play it safe. We can experiment to our hearts delight. Magic.

  • “In my working life, I’m a portrait photographer. When I finish a shoot, I upload, edit, archive immediatly. There is no other practical way”

    Me too with magazine work. :-)

  • Ross

    Just clicked your name and checked out your latest.
    I’ve always loved your “kids are alright” stuff, and love the sentiment. I spend too much time feeling negative about my own twenty something kids. Gotta say, the big copyright and Ross Nolly thing splashed accross the pics kinda spoils the experience.
    I do understand, but maybe you could tone it down?

    Anyway, love the stuff.


  • Gordon; That’s only a temporary link and those copyright symbols are big because they were big because they were the images I have on the Facebook site. But you’re right I’ll change them this weekend.:-)

    Some other work in the galleries here.

    I was just about to have my new website go live when I decided to pull everything (my mate who is designing my site was SO happy… buit is an artist and understood) except some Timor work and the kids project. Basically I’m wiping everything I’ve shot before and starting from scratch this year. I only want the style of work I want to do in the future to be on the site. That’s why I am trying to spend the next 12 months shooting project work if possible.

    Speaking of youth, I meet a ton of great kids when I’m out and about. But you may know we had a big earthquake on Saturday (same size as the Haiiti quake) that’s estimated to have done 4 billion dollars worth of damage to Christchurch (and surrounding areas) with big aftershocks still causing damage. Well, the local university students put up a Facebook page to offer their services helping with the clean-up. They were already on holiday anyway and by today over 300 students have registered and turned up with shovels etc to lend a hand.

    I listened to one old chap crying as he told a radio reporter that a bunch of students had done in t hours what was going to take him 2 months to shift. A nice positive “youth” story.

    There has been a lot of flooding too, as the earthquake was so strong that it pushed the groundwater and silt up through the ground, amazing. Luckily no deaths, mostly due to luck, and buildings etc being built to earthquake standards.

  • Sorry meant to read “those copyright symbols are big because they were the images etc..”

  • “If you’re located in the New York area, there’s a free workshop with VII’s Antonin Kratochvil. 15 photographers will be
    selected to participate in this 2-day workshop which will be held at the
    VII Gallery from September 20-21, 2010. To apply, simply send a link to
    your portfolio to and tell us a little about
    yourself. Deadline is September 13 at 6pm!”

  • That was meant to be 3000 students… Type in haste, repent at your leisure…

  • Here’s a mad little film I’ve just uploaded. At 1:15, it’s short and fast. It’s a final practice before taking on pro video assignments. Hoping you enjoy it.

    The Go-Cart Project

    Paul Treacy.

  • PAUL,

    great little movie .. very dramatic.
    Thanks, I like it.

  • PAUL …

    But you should match clothing and shoes with your son

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