Three Things ALWAYS With Me

I take a camera everywhere. On assignment of course and to the grocery store too. Everywhere. In my camera bag, in a little waterproof bag that contains my passport etc, are the three items pictured that I would never go anywhere without.

A poker chip. Yes a Harvey family designated set of poker chips for our late night family reunion poker games where I always lose. My son Erin had these made for us.

A golf tee. From my father’s last golf shot. When my brother Gary and sister Patricia went out with my father Alan, we knew it was his last game. On his final drive, I picked up the tee and have held it for the last ten years since his death.

A faux carabiner. Yup for keys etc. I use it for clipping the aforementioned bag to my camera bag. So I don’t lose it. A little gift that became a big gift from my son Bryan that has become the oldest of my good luck talismans for over 25 years.

Superstitious? No , just sentimental. Couldn’t travel without these super precious items.

What does this have to do with my photography?


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26 Responses to “Three Things ALWAYS With Me”

  • Reminders of those things that are most important. Yep. Without these elements in your life, that these represent, you really could not be who you are. I have several myself that have hung with me for years. One is a buckeye that my aunt gave me and a large crystal from another friend.


    “I always carry this little white paper that Vissaria gave me last time in Greece ( it means “good luck/success”) …!”

  • I also always carry a camera with me and funnily enough I also always have a carabiner hanging from one of my trouser loops.

  • I also always carry a camera with me and funnily enough I also always have a carabiner hanging from one of my trouser loops, it kind of makes me feel safe.

  • I don’t wear it everyday, but I have an old Bulova self-winding wristwatch that I wear at least 1-2 times per week. It first belonged to my great-uncle, who gave it to his brother-in-law, my grandfather, for re-payment of a loan. It was then given to my father, who passed it to me. It will one day go to my daughter.

    It still keeps great time, although the luminescent dial is now dark. I think that I have worn it to every successful job interview.

  • a civilian-mass audience

    I also always carry beloved items with me…but I keep spreading them around…

    EVA,I hope you can understand me now…

  • a civilian-mass audience


    if it comes from the heart…
    if it’s real…then and only then…it will ALWAYS BE with YOU…

    YOU photo philosophers…YOU ARE lucky…”this RIO event” is a live workshop…


  • @ PANOS and ALL:
    Go to work with your bikes!
    I can’t understand why people stay in their cars (alone) stuck in traffic jam. Just I can’t! (unless its freezing outside).

    I say goodbye with this quote of Gary KLEIN:

    “Biking is about rhythm and flow. It’s the wind in you face and the challenge of hammering up along hill. It’s the reward at the top and the thrill of a high-speed descent. Biking lets you come alive in both body and spirit. After awhile the bike disappears beneath you and you feel as if you’re suspended in midair. ”

    PS: Panos take a look to the French Bike Polo Championship 2010 gallery. I went there last year, amazing:

  • CARLO,

    Nice one! :-)

  • CARLO ………… ……… i thought of the same thing when i read this post ……… Tarantino using the watch to connect a set of random events …….needless to say brilliantly …..

  • Yes….it was the first thing that popped in my head!

    The thing I carry always is a silver dollar coin my mother gave me about 15 years ago. It never leaves my wallet.

  • Panos

    are you going to Greece now? we were thinking of bringing you here to document Diego’s 40th birthday party in Rio…..Diego might not even be here…..i told him no matter…there was going to be a big Happy 40th Diego no matter if he was there or not!! that ought to bring him..cause he knows damn well i will have a big party in his honor without him..for sure…so he will not want to miss it….i am pretty sneaky , yes??

    cheers, david

  • @ DAH:
    A have a small question:
    Nat Geo sent you to Rio almost two years ago to do a assignment/reportage in that city. I remember daily updates here in burn about your problems renting the flat, life in the city, carnival, contrasts, etc. I’ve really enjoyed that, as well as this RioBook.

    So, NatGeo sent you there in Feb 2010. The RIO Issue is scheduled on May 2012 as you said here, two an a half year after… for a single reportage, not a big and handsome book.
    That is an average NG delay to make/write the feature/issue?
    And second how you can “live” with it, I mean, is so, so far in the future that you almost forget about it.

    Muchas Thanks
    Enjoy Rio

    PS: Maybe patience is the key…
    PS1: You are a great inspiration to me, since 1996 (I was 16) when I discovered your images.

  • David,

    I just got on the RIO train last night, very excited to follow along…I shall travel vicariously through the work of David Alan Harvey! Dig your toes in the sand and have a cold one for me!

    The Book is going to be great!

    Best, Jeremy

  • DAH..ok ok ok….if its for DIEGITO !!!!!!!!!!
    im on my way to RIO…let me go see my mom and VISSARIA…Give them a hug and then im on my way to shoot DIEGO’s birthday party!!!!!!!

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    WOWWWW…what’s going on???

    oime…I knew November is gonna be a good one…
    but this is going…beyond my expectations!!!

    PANOS…do not forget your civi…key is under third pot!!! easy with the rooster…he is into fighting mood:)

  • David A. Harvey / Panos

    What?!? Panos sent to Rio?? …I am so SOOO jealous!!!

    Any room for me? I can fit in your suitcase… Just get me there! ;))

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    ATTENTION…I have an inside pic…from what’s going on in RIOOOOOO…

    if you want to see more…you can just sing up here


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    sing…sign…oh,well !

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    LANCE …Happy Birthday Amigoooo…

    hey,you remember LANCE…the one in RIO…yeah,LANCE…he is the one!!!:))))))))


  • a civilian-mass audience

    JOHNYG,FROSTFROGYYYYYY…and others…We are sending the best energy

    YES,if you need something…we might be in the RIO BOOK but we are just a breath away…


  • ALL

    new posts coming here tomorrow…new Dialogue….new Essay…yes, i am very busy over on RIOBOOK but very busy here as well….i just cannot be here in comments much….by the way, good chats going on over there…come hang if you can..and by the way the $1.99 is not about the money…it about what we all talk about here all the time…PRESERVING what we do here as a unit….as a whole…at the end of this month the RIOBOOK will be a diary , an object, to be viewed for its own being later on..a singular experience….here we lose it all…anyway, we might even make an inexpensive printout of the whole process…anyway, thinking thinking

    cheers, david

  • DAH dont you think we are kind of “cheap”????
    IZ Magazine ( that i just shamelessly promoted in Tiger Blood ) is $2.99 per issue…
    but “Rio Adventure” development, is live, on demand, online entertainment AND also serves a purpose as a FREE WORKSHOP , PLUS BOOK DISCOUNT? FOR ONLY $1.99??????
    Smiling…we’re never gonna be able to pay the bills up in here…smiling..smiling…

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