behind the scenes – the rio book edit

The cool little video clip above by maestro Pete Longworth really is the way it is around my loft right now. Creative juices flowing the way they SHOULD always flow but rarely do. Along with doing my own work, my number one priority, is  to mentor those who seek to marry art, craft, and daily life into one holistic experience. Check this clip out. It is where we are right now with my RIO edit and with the overall mood of Burn. Pete shot this straight up , no staging, fast edit. We are going to do more behind the scenes video to show you when it seems either entertaining or educational or both. Stay tuned.

Music By: Peter Goetz

My place right now. Saturday afternoon and Janet is cleaning for me. Steady stream of collaborators requires high maintenance, lots of cold beer and an open mind. Everybody here is helping me. Eva Kunz flew here from Italy to coordinate printing, Susan Welchman editor on RIO for NatGeo  came up to add some of my latest work to her mix, Chris Bradley, Creative Director of RGA who caught a cab here from across the river, and Kaya Berne one of my digital assistants came up from Virginia where she lives and our connections are on Skype. A few Burnians are dropping by. If you are in the hood come on over. Better bring some beer or wine though because honestly we are busy. We even forgot to eat for two days last week.





181 Responses to “behind the scenes – the rio book edit”

  • Hell yeah! Watched this clip yesterday while home sick with a cold – it’s good for what ails you!

  • “to marry art, craft, and daily life into one holistic experience” …yeah that’s the way to go… great clip

  • The mood is great.. really really good vibes all around, everybody’s having a great time.. AND WORK IS GETTING DONE!!!

    Great to see Pete’s video above on a huge TV screen at the loft, if somebody told me just a month ago I’d have said they’re crazy..

    Put up some more pics:

    Morning everybody.. totally jet lagged :)

  • Love what’s going on there, Love the music, Love the light, love this short video. Simply LOVE.
    Thanks Pete

    PS: Do not love European freezing time…
    PS1: …Love South American weather!

  • Music, dancing, beautiful women…and pizza. Sort of the way I’d always imagined the loft to be.


  • Fun video. Great times. If you want a bit of environmental perspective, here’s a few snapshots I took in the neighborhood the other day. First walking around I’d done in over a month. It was painful, but felt great nonetheless.

  • Masterpiece.
    It should be named, volcano & the circus
    The house of positive energy where the Rio book arise.
    I am sending you good vibrations guys…
    from frozen couch

  • That was just awesome!!!

  • That was very, very cool. Cheers to all.

  • Eva,

    So cool to see your photos!
    Magnum darkroom. Wow!

  • Oh, and so, so glad to see someone chronicling life in the magical little island of 425! Go Pete!

  • Pete, that was just so cool! Well done.

    And <a href=";this is for you. Cheers, amigo!

  • Gee Pete, you should think about doin’ this for a living. :)

    Great little film.

  • Eva, thank you for sharing your photos, you must be stoked right now! (jet-lag be damned!)

  • you people are awesome:))

    Eva! thanks for sharing- so great!

  • ALL

    stop by ….yes, i shoulda told you earlier, but i am not really throwing a party…i am inviting you over…a working party!! anyway, i would love to see the hard core Burn locals….Panos, Mike, Diego arriving late for the party…or early for the next!

  • I can feel the energy, the beams of magic. All this is highly inspiring and so healthy for a creative mind. Lovely video, such a lovely happy positive vibe to it.

  • Eva…
    thank you for the great images, I really, really appreciate this stuff. Don’t forget to pull out the M7 with some BW film.

  • Eva, thanks for the pics… have a grand time there!

  • Dang would love to jump on a plane and come over and help! But I think my seriously pregnant and currently stressed at her job wife would think otherwise. Count me there in spirit though!

    All the best,


  • Pete
    great stuff!!!

    heres something that made me smile today…

  • Thanks Pete.. Since the first time, I watched this video, Im fullfilling you with praises about your way to capture those moments.Loved it
    Thanks to Eva, kaya,Chris, Janet..for keeping the order, the mood, the suppot to have the creative process flowing,pieces to help everything works fine and progressing
    Susan who must be watching close and giving good opinions ..what hard task would be hers with so many amazing photos along David’s two-three years of Rio assignment
    And David..thanks for keep firing up and making this book so memorable already. WE’re so anxious, excited and proud. That you know. All the good vibes to everyone there
    ps)I cant believe i’ll miss this Burn gathering..Eva,Panos, Mike, Diego,… !

  • fun video ……. pete ……. cheers

  • Nice and great video!
    It´s a pity I´m in Spain. I could take you some spanish red wine to do the edition funnier…;-)
    Wishing to see that book finished…


    it seems that your wife has been pregnant for most of the life of Burn…good work Charles, we are watching your family grow…..congratulations in advance!!


    the mood around here is very much like the mood we had going when we started Burn…remember?


    we are having our coffee and talking about you…your kindness…your humanity…thank you for being just you….a treasure…

    cheers, hugs, david

  • DAH, I think that everyone is talking about ROBERTA and her kindness everywhere and anywhere…
    From Canada all the way to new Zealand!!!!
    to say at least!
    Roberts is DA TRU SPRIT !!!

  • Yesterday, Anton Kusters got the opportunity to give a talk about his Yakuza Project at TEDxEutropolis in Belgium.
    I was so lucky to attend it:

  • Love the pup jumping through Michelle’s arms! Great mood to the video, Pete – I added it to DEVELOP Tube and put it in the DAH album for all to enjoy. Love how so many are pulling together for Rio – just as it should be!

  • DAH,

    Ha! And come the due date first of May (or whenever Leica arrives) that will be the last heard of pregnancy from me in this lifetime! I promise! We are done!

    Best of luck with the edit. Really looking forward to seeing how it all turns out. Sounding like a new paradigm. Inspiring.


  • Charles, is Leica a girl or boy’s name?

  • It is very exiting following this project. Can’t wait to see the book.

    I’d love to hear more opinions on “Leningrad” however.

  • David, you are just having too much fun! Pete, great job as always – and you are looking good in MK’s portrait. Eva – thanks for the pix – surprised and pleased to see Zun there again. Roberta – always good to see comments from you. I wish I could get someone of your nature, as well as all those who work with David, to assist me with my work – but I don’t think it will ever happen. It makes me feel good, though, just to know you drop in on my blog now and then.

    Speaking of which, I have gone back 23 years and am now trying to blog one of the strangest experiences of my life. It is taking me at least five times as long to do anything as I had anticipated, because I am not exactly well organized, I no longer have a good scanner and so I must round up this old work, piece by piece and then instead of scanning, take a digital photo of each black and white negative, one by one, invert and adjust them. In my mind, this should all happen fairly quickly, but in practice it is slow. It is crazy.

    It really makes me wish I had good people helping me, too. Anyway, I won’t have much time for anything else until I get this done, so I will pop in now and then to see what is going on, but this will probably be my last comment for awhile – except maybe I will still add a worthless comment on new essays, as that has become my practice.

    Take care, all…

  • Bill, I went to your site just this morning to see if I could find archived story on your experience with the whales… I was thrilled to discover this new updated series! Looking forward to the rest!


  • Bill, excellent news! Looking forward to see more of your amazing work on whaling…

  • David :)) I was there barely two days but remember well, all the time. It’s the kind of creative energy, process and group of individuals I search for but rarely find. I know you know how lucky you are amigo. There was the Left Bank, the Greenwich folk scene and Burn.

  • David,Panos and Bill…almost speechless, the words that I have left now, they aspire one unique incumbency:thanks for those lines, those gifts..You know that they mean a lot and represent part of the reason I keep following you, respecting you, looking up to you. And specially you David..I owe you so much..If it wasnt you,Im afraid my days would be less exciting and surprising , less passionate,less surrounded by these wonderful people I pleasingly began to have contact by you..humanity and kindness are the minimum expected, the only right way to deal with that :)
    Charles…All the best for you, your family and this new princess Leica(what a name) coming along soon.Hope to see all the family in vacation at Rio’s beaches

  • So at some point this afternoon we remembered that perhaps we should get some food, for sure you won’t get fat having out with David!

    Mike Loyd Young has joined the ranks, great to meet Erica and Preston who dropped by earlier today, Kaya who has been doing a great job had to leave, and just before Super Bowl Chris Anderson showed up and took a very throughout look at the wall, before sitting down with the dummy and taking a deep dive into it.. his words were:

    “This is totally cool, David, totally cool.. it really works man, it becomes a work of art.. it’s super exciting, really cool man!”

    Needless to say that David had a serious face again, just like after James Nachtwey’s words.. hearing the spontaneous appreciation for the labor of passion and work so close to your heart from your colleagues is a special thing.. and needless to say that I was grinning from ear to ear :)

    There are some more pictures added to the album here:

    Thanks for all your comments, it’s great to feel your participation and interest!

  • Dang.. that should be ‘hanging’ and not having, and ‘love’ not work! Sheesh..

  • Eva..thanks to’re doing a great report by text and by photos, when I assume you must be busy with many printings matters.It creates so significant proximity for us; who even far , are caring and following and setting the bars high on expectations,cause we trust what you all been developing there..and of course Nachtwey, Chris Anderson opinions reinforce the cause and match exactly what we are feeling now (I mean…for what I’ve been reading , it seems many will agree with me) Thanks Eva..glad you’re there.And hopefully someone is constantly remembering about the item coffee for the shopping list… David’s fuel

  • Thanks for the pictures Eva. Keep them coming.

  • a civilian-mass audience

    That’s what I call Reporting!!!!!!!!!…EVA,VIVA…you do report!!!
    BRAVO! and thank you!

    I am back from the mountains…time to check you ALL out…

    keep the fire on…!!!
    What not to LOVE!!!

  • a civilian-mass audience

    “TREASURE the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your good health has vanished.”
    Og Mandino


  • Nice Place, nice people and pizza… and good red wine (you should try “nero d’avola” by firriato winehouse) :D salute!

  • a civilian-mass audience

    yeahhh…GAETANO…hey,yo,hey ,yo…VIVA MY PEOPLE !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • a civilian-mass audience

    FROSTY…we are just 15.000 miles away…I am always next to YOU…!!!

    ACADEMIANS…?…are you there ?”:)

    JOHNYG…and all BURN Fighters…we are next to YOU too…!!!

    oime…RRR= ROBERTA,RIO,RENATA = REAL,RAW,ROCK…am I Rong ?:)))))))hiiii…
    civi plays with English words;)

    I LOVE U ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLl…am I Rong?:)))))))))))))))))))

  • Thanks for the write-up, Eva. It was lovely to meet you.

  • Eva,

    More more more!!!

    Panos is on his way according to his instagram reports :))))

  • And now, for something completely different:

  • I just read an article in a Spanish newspaper on Norman Mailer and there was a sentence that which really hit home and it sort went like this…
    “Write like you talk and don’t fall prisoner to the capricious will of style.”
    Norman Mailer
    Of course I’m thinking about photography…

  • Paul
    Mailer’s advice, translated, photograph how you see, and don’t fall prisoner to the capricious will of style.
    I’m thinking about this…still trying identify and have faith in my own vision.

  • Sergio Larrain has left. Only his photographs are with me. So much with me…

  • Gordon…

    I think it’s basically being totally honest and unpretentious. Accepting who we are for all the good and bad we can’t alter or just don’t damn well feel like changing and be totally honest with ourselves. Taking images without over thinking. Maybe even somehow “forget” we’ve got a camera in our hands, as if it was transparent.
    BTW maybe I’m utterly wrong by I believe you don’t need faith. Just desire, a necessity to create and capture your vision. Accepting what you see and generally not comparing your work to others is quite enough.

  • “Accepting what you see and generally not comparing your work to others is quite enough.”

    Very tough not to compare our photographs to others, or our lives for that matter. We immerse ourselves in photographs of others. Impossible not to be influenced, for better or worse.

  • You guys are really a dandy bunch!

    Thank you ever so much for ALL of the delightful comments on the little piece we created of the Rio Circus. I can honestly say that it is a fair description of the joyful antics that seem to orbit the world of Harvey! Might have to extend the project slightly to keep you all properly informed about the creative chaos here…

    Happy Daze,

  • @ PETE: I think I’ve seen the video five times in a row. The music is very funny, and after seeing a picture os you (with a beer in the roof) and Pete Goetz much more… ;-)

    Glad that you’re enjoying the edit.
    PS: To anyone below the Equator, Please, please send to the north, some warm weather!

  • @ ALL:
    Two quotes from Ansel Adams, that I really like:

    “No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite mountain cannot be denied – it speaks in silence to the very core of your being”

    “Tomorrow, I’m off for the High Mountains, back to my paradise for a good, long soul-building rest”

    Below some pictures of Yosemite Park, hope someday make a trek to the North Face Logo ;-),or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&cad=b


  • David:

    From the Loft posts missing here I’m assuming (as usual probably incorrectly), a number of possible scenarios:

    A: Since Panos has arrived, all activity within the Loft Creative Group has ceased for celebration.

    B: Lack of food has lead to mass hysteria, and ultimately mass starvation. Civilian’s mailed olives and Ouzo didn’t make it through the Greek postal system.

    C: The edit is finished.

    Let’s hope it’s a combination of A and C!

    There’s a great chance I’ll be in NYC 2nd week of April. A favour, por favor? Would it be possible for you to somehow handcuff Panos to the city and hide Eva’s passport from her, until then? It would be great to meet them in person. In return, I could grab Bob by his scruff, toss him in the trunk, and bring him with. Sound like a plan? :)

    Paul, Gordon:

    John Vink posted a link to the best of work of Sergio Larrain above. (Thanks, John.) Larrain’s quote in his portfolio may be his underpinning philosophy:

    “A good image is created by a state of grace. Grace expresses itself when it has been freed from conventions, free like a child in his early discovery of the reality. The game is then to organize the rectangle.”

    I like this for a number of reasons. Vasari talks about the presence of grace in great works of art. It’s a description that has always evaded me, but clears up some of my questioning. It arrived quite recently, so seeing it spelt out under Larrain is a delicious co-incidence. Secondly, the idea of child-like discovery is something we discuss here often. Francoise Gilot has a very interesting chapter in her book “Matisse and Picasso” concerning Jung’s concept of the Anima and the Animus, the male and female aspects of the individual. Jung believed childhood illness forced the opposite to develop, as there would be a rendering impotence of the Anima in the female child, the Animus in the male. Gilot supports that in both Matisse’s and Picasso’s childhood. Third, Larrain’s idea of organizing the rectangle tells me the form of the image of always of equal importance. I like the way he wraps all of this together so efficiently.


    I’m sure everyone has met (or been!) one of the characters in this cartoon.

    Don’t forget the rollover text!

  • I guess I’m the one with the car on fire. It actually happened to me once while I was moving and almost all my stuff burned up. I’d always kinda wanted to burn all my stuff in a Buddhist-ish way, but it didn’t turn out to be so great in practice. For years I’d wonder where something was and then remember. Clothes are way more expensive to replace than you’d think as well. Anyway, my camera burned up too so no photos. Had a Yachica rangefinder back then.

  • I know that I should not admit to such a thing, gas prices being what they are these days, but simply as in the interests of full disclosure I should mention here that I never took the SATs. I realize that this is a shocking admission for anyone to make in this day and age, when the SAT test scores more or less determines the future course of a young person’s life, separating the wheat from the chaff, the sheep from the goats, and franchisees from the flippers. I realize as well that making this admission now will cast a cloud over my family’s good name for uncounted generations to come, but sooner or later the unholy truth of the matter was bound to come out and I might as well get the whole unpleasant business over with in one fell swoop.

    For many years, I hid my shame; in our modern postindustrial information society there is no room for those people who do not take the SATs, unless you are an illegal immigrant or Amish, and I have no talent for picking crops or for raising the barns necessary to store those crops once I have picked them. This is, of course, a terrible thing for someone who comes from a long line of Irish agriculturalists to say, but the green thumb abandoned the family when we headed off to Liverpool in the mid-1840’s after a scrumptious farewell dinner of nettles, weeds, and Uncle Sean; it was not necessary to stew Uncle Sean, according to family lore, as he arrived for the festivities already fairly well-stewed. But that is a story for another day.

    I don’t remember why I didn’t take the SATs; I’ve always assumed it was a lack of interest on my part, or perhaps it was sheer ignorance. The basic intelligence of you average seventeen year old American male is usually pretty sound, all things considered, but you really can’t go wrong in underestimating how much they really know, especially if they went to public schools, where most kids major in socializing, with the occasional pop quiz thrown in to break up the monotony, and I was no different than any other seventeen year old, which is to say, I didn’t know squat. Perhaps I should say that I knew even less than squat, since every other guy in my class managed to take the SAT and I did not. I’ve tried over the years to find a good reason for why I didn’t bother with the test, why I simply chose to disregard the overwhelming tide of opinion from faculty and friends that I was throwing my life away before it even got started. There are any number of reasons, some more valid than others, as is always the case with life.

    It could have been that I did not want to pay for the test. This is my mother’s favorite explanation, because it allows her to revile me in public as a cheap and miserly sort who’d throw his own mother out into the snow to make a buck. This is not true, of course; I am among the most charitable people I know, my munificence a magnificent example to other, less charitable sorts, and I did not throw my mother out into the snow—she tripped on a shovel and fell into the bushes, and the snow broke her fall and kept her from breaking her hip. It was an accident and could have happened to anyone, even if they’d paid their rent on time and in full. And I should point out that at the time I did not have a job and that my parents would have paid for the test, and I’ve never had any aversion to spending other’s people’s money, which is why the civil service suits me so well. My father, on the other hand, always held that my failure to take the SATs was simply one more example of my exceedingly grand capacity for sloth, a mere episode in a life dominated by an unwillingness to get out of the bed in the morning. But I am not Oblomov, although this idea is certainly more attractive than my mother’s idea of me as miser. It’s hard to work up much sympathy for misers.

    Or, and this is my pet theory, I just forgot about them. I have forgotten a lot of things over the years, and most of the things I’ve forgotten were probably not worth knowing in the first place, except for the address of the girl I asked to the senior prom, and no, she still won’t speak to me, even though it’s been thirty years; some people, I’ve noticed, have a problem getting over this sort of silly stuff—it’s not good to dwell on the past too much, but that’s just my opinion.

    Why would I forget to take such an important test? Well, to begin with, I probably didn’t think it was all that important at the time. Everyone I knew told me the test was important, and I suppose I believed them up to a point, but that was the 1970’s, you know, and I am pretty sure that most of the people telling me that the SATs were important and that I should take them also had Pet Rocks in their rooms and wore platform shoes, and really, how much credence can you give to the opinion of someone who paid twenty dollars for a Pet Rock when they could get a perfectly good rock for free just by going outside? As for platform shoes, I am certain that owning a pair then is grounds for revoking one’s American citizenship now, and I would just as soon not get sucked into this controversy, thank you very much.

    But I can tell that some of you are appalled at my cavalier dismissal of a test that you sweat bullets in order to pass so you could get into a “good” college, or better yet, a “name” college. Perhaps I am being a little cynical here, a surprising thing in and of itself, as I am usually the most trusting and Pollyannaish of people, but if you take a look at who teaches at “name” universities, you’d be more than a little surprised. Prestigious professors at prestigious universities do not enhance their prestige by teaching teenagers; teaching assistants teach teenagers, and who are these teaching assistants? Graduate students only a few years older than your freshman; that’s right, the kids are teaching the kids, that’s what you’re paying big money for. Maybe it’s just my lack of a proper perspective about all of this, but I’ve noticed over the years that you can get to the same places in a Ford that you can in a Ferrari, and for a hell of a lot less money.

    The thing that’s the most fun about never taking the SATs is the awed reaction you get from kids when they find out I am testless. A strange look of awe passes over their faces, and then a look of disbelief: I have to be kidding when I say this. The schools have been telling their parents and them since kindergarten that modern life is not possible without getting good SAT scores, and there I am, complete with degrees and everything. Some kids refuse to believe that I am telling them the truth, this being so at odds with everything everyone’s ever told them all of their lives; I don’t press the issue—it’s good that kids have some illusions as they move forward with their lives. Still, life has a way of working itself out without the need to score well on the SATs, as many a predestined success story have found out for themselves; destiny, like so many other things in this our fallen world, ain’t everything it’s cracked up to be.

  • A, B and C.. in some ways.. I’m out in a very short bit, catching a plane, Diego’s in and has brought snow to NYC.

    Will write something once I’m home and get my two surviving braincells together.. all I can say for now, this has been SO SO GREAT!

  • Have a safe trip Eva!
    Looking forward to your write up!!!

  • Sergio Larraín was a mistery even to his family. I met one of his nieces during a very nice dinner a couple of years ago, Catalina Mena. That was was she told me as part of our conversation, then we talk about his pictures of Valparaíso and London.

    Very feelingly I translated this letter today for you Burnians, John Vink, Burn, his Magum colleagues, David, Rio Book, his family and everyone who can find some good vibes on it.

    Letter from Sergio Larraín to hi nephew Sebastián Donoso.

    -this is the original, it is all scratched by himself-

    Wednesday, the first thing of all is to have a machine (camera, photographic machine) that you like. The one you like the most, because it is about to be happy with your body, with what you have in your hands and the instrument is a key for making a craft and it has to be the minimum, the essentials and nothing more.
    Second… to have an enlarger of your taste, the coolest and simpler that is possible. For 35mm, the smallest made by LEITZ is the better, it lasts your whole life.

    The game is to depart to the adventure, like a sailboat, drop the sails, go to Valparaíso or Chiloé or go through the streets all day wandering and wandering through unknown places and sitting down a tree when you feel tired, buy a banana or some bread and so to take a train, go to somewhere you feel like going to and look, drawing too and look. Getting out of the known world, going into what you have never seen, letting yourself go to your taste. Much of going from one place to another, where you feel the whim. Of by little you go finding things and images are coming to you, like apparitions, you take them. Once you have come back to home, you develop, copy and start looking what you have fished, all the fishes, and you paste them with a tape to the wall, you copy them in little postcard-size sheets and you look at them. Then you start playing with the ‘ells’, looking for crops, framing and you go learning composition, geometry, you go framing perfect with the ‘ells’ and enlarge what you have framed and put it in the wall, so you go looking to go seeing. When it makes sure to you that a picture is bad, to the paper bin at once, the better you climb it a bit more in the wall. At the end you keep the good ones and nothing else. Keeping what is mediocre stucks you in mediocrity, on the top nothing more what you keep, all the rest is thrown because you carry in the psyche all what is retained. Then you make gymnastics, you entertain yourself in other things and you don´t care about it anymore. You start looking at other photographers work and finding all the good things you find in everything you find, books, magazines, etc. and you take the best, and if you can clip, take the good and paste it in the wall next to yours, and if you can´t clip, you open the book or the magazine in the page of the good things and you keep it open for exposure. Then you leave it like that weeks, months, as it can be. It takes a lot to see, but little by little the secret is going delivered to you and you go seeing what is good and the depth of each thing, you keep seeing quiet, you draw a little, you go for a walk, and never force going to take pictures, because it loses poetry, the life that it has, it gets sick. Is like forcing love or friendship, you can´t.

    When it arises again you can depart in another trip, another wandering. To Puerto Aguirre, you can down the Baker (river) on horseback to the snowdrift from Aysén. Valparaíso is always a wonder, is getting lost in the magic, getting lost some days turning around the hills and streets and sleeping in a sleeping bag somewhere in the night and very into reality, swimming under water. Don’t let anything distract you, nothing conventional, get yourself carry away by the espadrilles slowly, as if you were boozy, for the taste of looking, humming, and what goes appearing you, go photographing it already carefully. Something you have learned through composing and clipping, you already do it with the machine (camera) and so forth is filled the cart with fishes and you go back home, you learn focus, diaphragm, foreground, saturation, speed, etc., you learn to play with the machine and its possibilities and you go gathering poetry, yours and from others, take everything good that you find from others, make yourself a collection of little optimal things, a little museum in a folder, follow what is your own taste and nothing more (this is highlighted), don’t believe anything than your own taste, you are the life and the life is what you choose, what you don´t like don’t see it, it is useless, you are the only criteria, but see from everybody else, you go learning, when you have a really good picture you enlarge them and make a little exhibition or a little book, you send it to stopping and with that you go establishing a ground, when you show them you get what they are the way you see it in front the others, then you feel it. To do an exhibit is like giving something, is like giving food, is good for the others to show them something done with work and taste, is not to shine yourself, it does well, is healthy for everyone and it does well to you because it goes checking yourself.

    Well, with this you have for a beginning. It is lots of wandering, sitting under a tree anywhere, is walking alone through the universe, you begin to look again. Conventional world puts you a room divider, you got to get out of it during the photographic period.

    (AG hi always signed AG, Adoring God. Bye Keko , I write you more)

  • AKAKY,

    Nice to see you are back in fine form!

    While I didn’t totally avoid the SAT, I did avoid ever finishing high school. I dropped out after my junior year, and have been dropping out of things ever since: the army, colleges, jobs, marriages, countries, professions… so many I have lost count. It may have kept me from doing some things in life, but I can’t think of what they might actually be. Maybe running for the Senate? (I even once had a tenured position as a college lecturer without so much as a master’s degree). Had you ever taken the SAT, I have no doubt that your score on the verbal section at least would have been in the high 700s.


    With this orgy of productive activity and intense socialization once again blossoming in new serendipitous combinations at your loft apartment in Brooklyn, I can’t for the life of me understand how you ever thought you would be able to give this place up… do you still really entertain such thoughts?


  • Thodoris,

    Last year I started a series where I too wanted to explore the mythological and personified implications of a particular landscape. Inspired by Sally Mann’s Deep South, I decided to use a pinhole. I just edited what I have so far, but I’m still figuring out where I’m going with the series.

    I loved your images and am very interested to see your progress.

  • a civilian-mass audience

    I am reading…your comments…it’s gonna take a while:)))

    VIVA to ALL
    safe travels…I am back home BUT my soul is traveling…

    spread the news…spread the love…spread your vision…

    I will sing later…

  • Thanks Amelie, I’m very much looking forward to see where this little project will take me… I love the beginnings of projects the most, when you fall in love with an idea and jump with both feet into it, with that adrenaline rush which you know will subside but is so amazing while it lasts…

    Would love to see your pinhole work if you have them online…

  • Michael, this one has been on my wall for some time:

  • Eduardo,

    Thanks for posting that!

  • You’re welcome, Carlo.

  • Enjoyed your pinhole images, Thodoris. Look forward to seeing more.

    When browsing your blog noted the light painting tic-tac-toe group

    Thought you might like to see this. The accompanying movie is pretty interesting

  • Thodoris…

    That’s classic! Helps keep things in proper perspective. ;^}


    We needed a good drummer for the band,
    Diego lost his drumsticks but he delivered snow!!!

    Jeff, ALL!!!

    Something BIG, AMAZING, groundbreaking in the history of book designing IS HAPPENING or
    Just HAPPENED !!!
    Coming up soon .. YOU WILL
    LOVE IT!! I can’t wait to see/hear/read the reactions of whomever see/ touches the RIO BOOK!!
    It’s not that I can’t disclose more, it’s just I have a hard time to even DESCRIBE the design
    of THIS particular RIO
    Of course you all expect the BEST , HARVEY and he delivered, big time!!
    But the DESIGN? There’s “game” on this book, not the usual passive relationship between the “viewer”/audience and the Creator!!
    And DAH let’s you “play” and also co-create with him!!!
    This is Groundbreaking approach that DAH used this time..
    Nough said!
    Do I make sense? Of course not! Impossible to DESCRIBE this book!!!
    I’m speechless !!!
    Of course, more, way way more coming soonest!!!
    Ok enough said

  • Yup, I confirm what Panos says.. wanted to upload pics, write something, very intense week, but jet lag kicking in, having a very sweet 18 month old baby one row behind in the plane didn’t help with sleeping.. more tomorrow.. but yes yes, Panos is right.. zzzzZZZZzzzzZZZZzzzzzzz

  • What great fun you all appear to be having! What an amazing creative collaboration appears to be going on! I look forward to the book.

  • Should read…

    “I GREATLY look forward to the book!!!

  • Thanks for the link Mark, hadn’t seen his work… I experimented with light painting using cyalume sticks about a decade ago when I was free-camping with my friends but didn’t stick with it long enough to go beyond the initial wow factor… there are plenty of people doing very interesting things with the technique…

  • “I love the beginnings of projects the most, when you fall in love with an idea and jump with both feet into it, with that adrenaline rush which you know will subside but is so amazing while it lasts…”

    Exactly! That rush hasn’t totally subsided for this project because the pinhole is so different that each time I switch back, it’s new discoveries. I’m still in the beginning of my project since I’m trying to photograph a 444 mile stretch. I’ve covered about 25% of it, and I hope to cover another 25-50% this spring.

    I’m reworking my website and galleries, but I’ll try to gather some of my favorites. I’d appreciate some feedback.

  • “And DAH let’s you “play” and also co-create with him!!!
    This is Groundbreaking approach that DAH used this time..
    Nough said!”

    The suspense! Very exciting. Very curious now about the design of this book!

  • panos… That definitely looks like a band… a band that would break into “Long Train Running” at any moment! ;^}

  • Time to give up photography and become a piture taker

  • I can FEEL the energy…
    The passion..
    The inspiration..
    And it’s beautiful….
    Keep it comin’
    And David,
    YOU continue to
    What a gift…

  • Imants
    Great taking of the picture….

  • thanks for all the energy your sending out…
    picking up the vibes all the way down here in oz where it’s burning too,
    like 37… hotter than darwin today… hottest place on the continent today…
    the snow is hard to imagine, would love to step outside my door and feel some icy air bite my face,
    but i’m feeling you all through the burn channel
    and how many times have i sat here far away a wished i could swing by the loft
    that loft…
    show and tell
    but it’s all good, Panos is kicking the beats
    and soon enough the burn circus will arrive
    down here
    you see, patience…
    so until then (and Panos, you ARE coming, right?)
    i’m raising my glass to you all
    bring that beat back
    : ))

  • Imants

    Is that your front yard or back :)

  • Mountain view is the front the other is the back of the highlands lakes fishing hut

  • Despite that those little DP1 sigmas foveon sensors create a remarkable amount of detail. Makes on want to become a “landscape pictcha man” and create covers for chocolate boxes………. before I know it I will be taking pictures of still life with fruit………. done the still life with flowers job.


    very nice work indeed.


    For the visual impressions go here please:

    Now words.. what to do with words.. it’s been one amazing week. Like living with the minds put out there, tangling and melting and tearing and floating.. you could literally feel the room full of buzz going in all directions at once, chaos, good chaos all leading up to THAT moment of joy when another idea stands out there and IS IT, when you can say YES, we got it. Collaboration on all fronts, one thing kicking off the next.. great mood that lead to a great result.

    David being absolutely open to all of it, taking into consideration all the suggestions and ideas put out there, I think that’s been the greatest gift of this past week, to me.

    Meeting all the people at the loft, every day dropping by, checking out the wall, having a beer and a chat, looking at all the new projects, slideshows, upcoming books.. who says there’s no future to great quality photography is absolutely and completely wrong.. making photography more available has given a great push up to those doing great stuff, it forces everybody to think and go new ways, which is very exciting.

    Meeting Doug, Zun, Kaya, Pete, Mike, Erica, Preston, Panos.. people from/of Burn I had a chance to connect personally with and have a chat with, or in some cases spend several days with them, was great fun..

    Great to listen to James Nachtwey, Alec Soth, Susan Welchman, Chris Anderson, Alex Webb, Rebecca Norris Webb, Danny Wilcox Frazier, all sharing their thoughts and some their work, inspiring to say the least..

    My heartful thank you goes to David, for allowing me to drive him crazy :)

  • stay tuned for an announcement for the EPF very soon….also Burn show in Sydney……Diego and i are both in new york, so we can move many things forward…..many thanks to Eva for documenting and distilling the process going on here…anyone who wants an insight on process should meet with Eva or just collect all of her postings…

  • @ EVA:
    Thanks a lot for the images and the report. Indeed without doubt a magnific experience and energy flowing everywhere.
    Grazie 1000.

  • …anyone who wants an insight on process should meet with Eva ………

    LET me add one thing extra…EVA is as Great as i thought she was…
    but her talent, in putting things together, designing, brainstorming, ideas etc…is beyond any match…
    they say NYC never sleeps, i thought DAH never sleeps but now i know that also EVA never sleeps!!!!!!
    because she WORKS all the time….(of course i did my best to “slow” her down…take a break please….!!!!! )
    smiling!!!….but it was impossible …
    YOU/WE WILL all see soonest the “final product” and then my rant will make sense…!
    Yes, meet Eva …she deserves all the CREDIT in the world…and sorry Eva, i know u hate accolades and bullshit and u hate taking credit but i need to be very honest here…your HARD WORK alongside with DAH’s deserve CREDIT..i just needed to tell everyone that you werent simply a “tourist” in NYC…no no no…
    YOU worked harder than the whole NYC together, last week…no kidding!!!!!!!!!!!!
    THANK YOU EVA for all the things you taught me this week….not only about design but also about life…
    ok…time for me to zip it and see whats in my camera!!!!!!;)

  • These reports however brief get the blood pumping!
    Hard work, long hours, no sleep, ideas flowing, people in and out and the photos…great feeling!

  • my apologies for the self-aggrandizement. continue as before. nothing to see here.

  • petelongworth
    February 8, 2012 at 2:18 am
    You guys are really a dandy bunch!

    cant wait to see your new movie clips shot in NYC…cant wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Akaky..thats your smallest comment ever!

  • And Panos..I can guarantee you that Eva was working at the airport, still working on the plane and didnt stop working in Italy since then :) She’s so passionate, enthusiastic, giving her best believing also in this book, that she didnt notice your mind and body needs to rest :)’re definitely such a piece in the process…amazing job
    Panos, kisses for nice your video reports..They really brought out smiles


    check this out…from greek website..but video in English so …watch it…plz!

  • Ehmm.. thank you :) .. now.. can we just please move on.. :))

    But yes, I absolutely believe in David and this book.. he really puts himself in a difficult place to be in though, ’cause it changes the way of thinking about books.. a book is not just a book is a book.. he made it not only harder for the others by raising the bar, but for himself too.. which is great, it’s creativity at work..

    Rebecca Norris Webb showed us her new upcoming book on screen, completely different from Rio, but also there, bar raised with new ideas on design (all that obviously has at its core outstanding photography in both cases).. as said previously, exciting times ahead..

  • And must say, Panos, glad you MOVED yourself to the loft, was so great to meet you.. and Mike.. what without Mike’s calmness no matter what and the bagels in the mornings.. mhmmmm.. cream cheese bagels.. the only 100% sure food in the day.. :D

  • Eva thank you for link!

    2012, Contemporary Issues, 3rd prize singles, Simona Ghizzoni

    Simona, big congratulations

  • Akaky, can you go “smaller”? ;)

  • Uh oh.. May is book month:

    1) David Alan Harvey is first, no question

    2) Rebecca Norris Webb ‘My Dakota’ also in May.. want the book, no question as well

    3) Anders Petersen with ‘SOHO’.. just got this:

    Starting saving.. no shoes, no boots, but BOOKS!!!

  • a civilian-mass audience

    AKAKY …yeah,yoooo…viva!!!


    I will sing later…I am trying to figure out …drachmas,euros …dollars…oime…

    WHAT NOT TO LOVE !!! …Rio,Sydney…the Universe is working!

    your civi

  • Eva…

    For you and I every month is book month :))))!!

  • Paul you’re amazing…just like Eva…a TRUE BOOK LOVER!!!!!!!!!!

  • a civilian-mass audience

    “A person needs a little madness, or else they never dare cut the rope and be free”
    Nikos Kazantzakis
    Come on my Greek people…I know, WE are Crazy…let’s Do it…we deserve better…

    EVA…the book lover…the hard worker…a true BURNIAN…!!!I better stop…cause our ITALIANS are crazy:)))

    I will be back…

    good morning from beautiful GREECE!!!…I am waiting

  • Panos…

    I’m glad you’ve finally met Eva! She is such a lovely woman, one doesn’t find many people who are as honest and loyal as she is in a single lifetime. :)

  • a civilian-mass audience

    Thank you for the links PAUL !!!

    PANOS…yeap,WHITNEY is going upstairs…she will be with MICHAELJ…
    and they will sing…”I will always LOVE YOU”…oime…what a “Thriller” !!!

    BUT I am still downstairs…and I will sing…I LOVE YOU ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL !!!

    Be out there,fight for your dreams…don’r give up…be humble and enjoy the ride…
    cause upstairs is just a breath away…


  • a civilian-mass audience

    we are ALL one…this one goes to my chickens

    for all of US …who are fighting…
    good morning

    I am a “free” Greek Universal…civilian…
    coffee anyone?

  • @ ALL:

    World Press Photo Award 2012: 1st Prize goes to another Argentinian photographer called Alejandro…
    geez, Alejandro is the name in photography!! Chalkiesberg, Sanguinetti and now Kirchuk all of them have Alejandro/a as first name!

    VIVA Argentina!!

  • Oops,
    1st prize in Daily Life category, not THE 1st Prize.
    THE 1st Prize is like a Michelangelo Renacimento Painting.




    they’re killing my greek brothers …watch here live…
    YES IT HURTS! it hurts me a lot:(

    IMF “thank you”

  • Panos – Civi: Frightening to see what is going on in your part of the world… in the world… here, too… it hurts you, it hurts us all, even those who do not realize it…

    Sing loud, Civi, sing long… for as long as you are here… may that be a long time yet… just like some of my wife’s people sing in the link you put up… At the end of this week, I return briefly to Apache country, where, when I was young, I knew old people who had known Geronimo when they were small… they did not all like him… their great-grandchildren all seem to… stay with me and I will take you on a brief trip through that small part of the once huge territory of the N’dee – Apache.

  • Bill, thank you…its 8pm in greece..the vote is midnight..4 hours from now…
    in 4 hours from now GREECE is DEAD..being SOLD to IMF and mrs.Merkel…creditors, crooks…
    tears in my eyes..cant watch anymore…all i can say is i HOPE that this wont ALSO destroy Italy, Spain, Portugal..

  • This a real war…REAL WAR….GREEKS ARE DEAD!!!!
    see ya later

  • Panos.. listen to me.. GREEKS ARE NOT DEAD.. no matter what the big guys decide.. it might be more difficult, it might take longer, but NO WAY they are dead! Period.

  • a civilian-mass audience

    10:00 p.m…


    WE ARE NOT DEAD…I Repeat WE ARE NOT DEAD…we were just sleeping and drinking too much ouzo…
    the time is now…yes,EVA,no way…!!!!!!!!!!

    FROSTY…we are ALL one…I am gonna be out singing…don’t worry,I am safe BUT it’s not time to be safe…
    it’s time to FIGHT…

    THOMAS …don’t come to Athens…you are a German afterall:)))…be safe…we are crazy here…

    I LOVE YOU ALLLLLL.I have no camera BUT I know…there will be a BURNIAN to report…:)!!!

    No ouzo tonight…only expired chemicals…
    I will be back

  • OK, just had to take a break from Rio…been immersed in that city since Nov 15 except to see my mother for Christmas…now looking at Burn….discussing with Diego and Bryan our design…or our wanna be design that is…should be up really soon…a new look and hopefully the beginning at least of making more visible our incredibly outrageous archive of stories which have appeared on Burn…basically we just want to make the stuff we actually have here on Burn visible..right now you gotta be a private detective….and of course we always discuss new stuff, but new stuff takes new people and well we like being small…growing sizewise is not our interest…but yes yes we want to get better…qualitywise…yes yes EPF announcement just hours away….

    cheers david

  • Eva’s right, Panos – but how could you not feel as you do? Civi, even if step into danger, please stay safe just the same. I got a feeling I know that burnian will be. If I am right, I look forward to her report. She must stay safe in danger, too.

  • Panos…

    I hear you and I’m just about as sick and tired of all the Euro crap. Personally I don’t know a single person here in Spain who doesn’t regret the Euro and we all want to get out. But of course just as in Greece there are practically no politicians listening to the people and all the economic struggles we are all enduring to keep up with Germany and France. So much for democracy…

  • CIVI,

    the next two weeks I’ll be Monday – Thursday in Athens.

  • And we have to take our responsibilities too, too easy to blame the big players alone. It’s US putting them there, it must be US watching out.. and stop living over our possibilities. Each one of us counts, I do hope that we learn that lesson!

  • David..

    Having an easier access to the archives will be like a new discovery of the site.. nice.. but we all can wait, I do hope you will take some rest very very soon, even if only for a few days.. go home and talk to your cats!

  • Vote is over…
    Greece sold out!…im looking for a legal way to surrender my euro citizenship…
    i dont wanna be considered European anymore…yes i was born in greece but since greece is been sold (half an hour ago) i dont want to be associated with the traitors (politicians)..
    game over…!
    im an Argentinian, Brazilian, Peruvian…African…Asian…American…an alien..
    im everything else BUT European..
    deeply ashamed…for the weakness , the lies, the bluffs…the lies…the fear tactics…the lies…
    Stock market is up!
    game over
    thank you for lisrtening

  • and dont forget to watch the Grammy s tonight…:(


    Bullies of the world unite…greece is naked…go take advantage…

  • a civilian-mass audience

    PANOS…check me out…I am singing(sinking):))))))

    with all my freaking respect to the bullies (the governments)…the savors


    “…but yes yes we want to get better…”and we will…as MR.HARVEY says…
    back to YOU and to our regular program


  • (the above is dearly dedicated to I.M.F , with much love and respect , no doubt )

  • speaking of violence today (given whats happening in Athens right now or and at Ciudad Jurez last year, the Arab Spring etc) , so to “honor” all that here’s some more violence and “quick, fast , easy emotions photography)


    one more above: Funeral

    but let me be honest…im personally kinda tired of this FAST FOOD QUICK REACTION/EMOTIONAL seeking response type of photos…
    war is hard to watch yet so easy to photograph….
    hmmmm…am i all alone on this? does it really matter?
    good week y’all

  • and speaking of violence and photography i enjoyed LAST YEAR’S EPF WINNER to the fullest…
    why? sense of humor and lots of laughs…
    i mean dont get me wrong, little “blood” here and there its ok… but ONLY BLOOD AND MISERY ALL THE TIME??????
    hmmmm…we already have James Nachtwey and Paolo for that…very dedicated both of them…
    but “ALL blood at ALL times”???? smiling… nahhh, too easy id say…

    in other words :

    ITS VERY EASY TO MAKE ONE CRY , almost anyone can do it
    but but but but
    to make SOMEONE, SMILE? OR EVEN LAUGH?????
    thats NOT EASY…one needs to be a “REAL ARTIST” FOR this..
    enouuuuuuuuuuuuughhhh of those cliches pleaaaase!
    or if one INSISTS to go the easy way and do cliche bloddy mary’s , then please throw “some art” in the mix too…no just bullets or syringes…not enough…its not the 70ies anymore…(i hope)

  • Panos… you stay stromg, my friend, ok? Look, Civi sings.. uhmmm.. now if we consider what happens when Civi sings.. big big UHMMMMMMMM! ;)

  • a civilian-mass audience

    Good morning MY BURNIANS!!!…Happy DAYS ahead…Do not forget to say THANK YOU and I LOVE YOU…

    share a smile,share a laugh…share something…

    EVA,VIVA…you are so right…when civi sings…the whole world is singing


  • a civilian-mass audience

    and as I was cruising in the FB area …I stole this link from SEAN…
    you might want to check this out..

    ENJOY our journey…!!!

  • Thodoris,

    really enjoying your website right now….need more time to read all of it but this pinhole project is looking great!

  • “PARIS — The front-runner for the French presidency, the Socialist candidate François Hollande, criticized European policy on Greece on Monday, saying that mandatory austerity measures were too severe and would never produce the desired results because “everyone knows” that “there is no rebound in growth in Europe and in Greece.””


  • But I mean really who can believe that they only plan for growth Sarkozy – Merkel have is FIRING PEOPLE , cutting jobs…
    Obama did the opposite.. Instead of throwing people on the streets he “threw” money on the poor..
    Stimulus is what Greece needs , not more homeless people..
    Greece is a victim of those two decision makers..
    THE WORST DECISION MAKERS OF ALL TIME: Sarkozy + Merkel + Greek politicians = new HOMELESS CLASS in Greece

  • Thanks Carlo… it seems we’re traveling parallel roads :)

  • Thodoris…yes! embarked on a new journey to unknown shores….

  • Merkel – Sarkozy are doing to Greece
    what Bush did to Detroit :(

  • Anyway time for me to
    Zip it and watch a GREAT GREAT ARTIST LIKE ROGER BALLEN new work here on Burn..
    Yeahhhhh ART IS “back”!!!!

  • What the heck, I’m not sure anymore where to post dialogue. (It’s a big stadium.)



    Our Everyman, our Democratic Dyslexic, our Earfull and “Air”full, is celebrating his birthday today:


  • From Canada to Greece, I’m sending:

    Smoked Salmon (British Columbia)
    Sirloin Steak (Alberta)
    Semolina Pasta (Saskatchewan and Manitoba)
    Ice Wine (Ontario)
    Cheddar Cheese (Quebec)
    Maple Syrup (New Brunswick)
    Lobster (Prince Edward Island)
    Dried Cod (Newfoundland)

  • I completely disagree with the looting and that kind of stuff. I can’t believe that at this point in time, young people have chosen to act this way against their own people—basically against themselves. On the other hand, we need to look at the bigger picture and see that people are now choosing to act unlawfully because this government is illegal.


  • hAPPY bIRTHDAY Civi!
    (thank u Jeff for posting)

  • Enjoy your DAY Civi! all the best to you and your chickens!

  • CIVI!!!!!

    Happy birthday!!

  • Happy birthday Civi!

    But wouldn’t that be Ms. Mass-Audience?

  • Did I miss Civi’s B-day? Happy, happy! Have an ouzo (and a retsina) on me!

    For any of you in Seattle next week, I have an opening at Glazers Camera for a small show of travel work:

  • Charles, too cool. See ya there.

  • Jeff

    You missed Nova Scotia :)

    I suggest Digby scallops

  • DAH

    Saw the 2012 Leica calendar featuring Magnum images
    Can’t believe you weren’t included given that such a significant body of your work
    incorporated the ‘M’ .
    I guess we’ll see your stuff in the GF-1 calendar next year. :)

  • a civilian-mass audience

    THANK YOU ALLL…here in BURNLAND and in the Facebook area…

    I was drinking,farting,eating,dancing all night long…yes,I wanna make sure that IMF is right…
    Greeks are party animals…

    give me few hours to recover…and I will be back to haunt you…hoiiiihooo…JEFF,amigo u are first…:)

    I am DA MAN…I am DA WOMAN…ok…it’s morning…but I can’t find my bed…zzzzzzzzz…hiiii


    be back

  • a civilian-mass audience

    oh…and I ate one of my chickens yesterday:( oups…but it was my birthday ..,right?

  • Ack.. sorry.. missed your birthday, Civi.. I don’t do birthdays usually, but yours, well THAT is one to remember!

  • a civilian-mass audience

    EVA…no you have missed nothing…cause everyday is my birthday…I AM MASS AUDIENCE:))))))))))

    LOVE to all…keep sharing your vision…and keep reporting!!!


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