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David Alan Harvey  @magnumphotos

For one of the most intense photo adventures of my life, I mostly just waited. After several weeks, I had about 1-2 hrs. of actual click click time with my elusive subject. American painter Andrew Wyeth was a man of mystery. Assigned by @natgeo to photograph Wyeth and his esteemed family, I ended up with one of the very few b&w stories to ever appear in National Geographic. I had convinced the editors that b&w was the way to go since we were going to publish Wyeth’s paintings and I felt that color photographs would conflict with his austere color palette. Wyeth of course agreed to be photographed, yet he was almost never to be found. There was always a reason, or no reason, why “today is not the day”. So I photographed his sisters Carolyn and Henriette instead. They were also painters, yet living in the shadow of Andrew. As was his son Jamie. N.C. Wyeth, Andrew’s father, was a well known illustrator and told all of his children they must become painters. That is a tough demand. Wyeth was already famous in 1985  when Helga Testorf, a neighbor, was revealed to have been a secret muse for 15 years. Neither Helga’s husband nor Wyeth’s wife knew of the artistic liaison and since most of the 45 paintings of Helga were nudes, you may imagine the controversy. The second picture in this sequence shows Helga shyly off to the right and is I think the only picture by anyone ever of Andy and Helga together in his studio. Andy was very friendly with me, we talked lots, I was invited to dinners etc., and yet he seemed to totally enjoy putting me off to let me shoot. I know that he was testing me the whole time making me wait , and gave me the Helga shot as an odd Wyeth style reward. She surprised me walking into the studio and I only made one frame. I do not think she even realized she was in my field of view. Wyeth was a jokester, a prankster, an actor, a grown up kid. It is always enlightening to be in the presence of a great artist of any type. You see their humanity, you see them as “normal”, you see their flaws, yet alas you also see their genius. That extra little kick. A brightness in the eyes. Rare air. Worth the wait. #andrewwyeth

Summer musings @ale_jandram

This “terrapine carolina carolina” I see sometimes in my yard or in the neighborhood. A male( red eyes, intense color, and concave plastron) is so like my pet Eastern Box Turtle “Tippy” from when I was a young boy. I found him in the dunes/woods not far from where I live now. The tracks are easy to recognize in the sand and you just follow. With no Google to help me know what to feed Tippy at the time , I did the only logical thing. I did a belly crawl for hours after him in the woods until I saw him eat a snail. Wow! Since there are plenty of snails in the woods after a rain especially, I was able to keep Tippy well fed. I wouldn’t keep any turtle now in captivity, but I didn’t know any better as a kid and since he’d eat out of my hand , I figured he was happy. He’d hibernate during the winter months and come out in the spring. Of course I had dogs as pets but somehow I was super fascinated by Box Turtles (which are actually tortoises and live only on land). What’s cool is that theoretically Tippy could still be alive! These tortoises have few natural enemies once they are full size in about 7 years. Sadly they have no sense that crossing a road is almost certain death. I’m always picking one up off the road and putting it in the woods especially after it rains when they go in search for snails, slugs, beetles etc. Why did I like turtles? Maybe I liked the “tortoise & the hare” kids story. Maybe I just liked the fact these tortoises carried their “house” with them . Maybe I liked that they were elusive and hard to find. Maybe I liked they had long lives. Maybe maybe all of the above. The tortoise in this picture has no name. Last I saw yesterday he was disappearing into the leaves. Within seconds impossible to see. I do hope we will cross paths again.🐢 #boxturtles

Schatzi from Durango #beachdogs #dogsatthebeach

Hurricane Florence did not wreak havoc in Nags Head, NC. No high winds, no flooding, no significant damage of any kind. We were right on the lucky edge of this storm. Yet starting about 50 miles south it’s another story. Heavier winds than here, yet totally survivable. Most of us will always stay with Cat 2 or under. It’s the surge flooding that’s the issue this time. To be actually standing in the power wind of one of these storms is exhilarating as is the visual of the raging sea. Nature as experienced in no other way. If people like me were smart we’d move the hell inland. All of us who are here in danger know the risks. Here on purpose. It’s the longtime lure of sea and weather that makes it all worthwhile ...mostly! #hurricanes #nagshead #wind #outerbanks

I’m pretty much on the outer edge of hurricane Florence due to hit soon on the N Carolina outer banks ...I’ve covered quite a few hurricanes and the edge is dramatic yet possible to shoot. If smack in the middle it’s impossible to work. Keep your eye on my IG Stories and I’ll try to give you a feel for it all. #outerbanks #hurricanes #hurricaneflorence

My sister Patricia was 12 and I was 14 when I had her pose for this shot in our back yard in Ohio. I had just gotten a Leica IIIF and wasn’t really aware of the rangefinder parallax problem when shooting this close. At this distance what you see in the viewfinder is a bit different than what the lens sees, hence the cut off feet and hand. Bummer. Yet authentic to the camera. Those old Leicas prior to the M series had no parallax correcting devices. I just made this print for the first time yesterday in my darkroom as a gift for Patricia who was visiting OBX with her family from Colorado. I’d never printed this prior. So it’s a brand new picture in an odd way. So many of my childhood negatives I’d never printed. I just couldn’t afford the paper. Yet I’m starting to print the best now. 90% of my earliest work was candid. Yet this is clearly posed with “Patsy” as my most likely reluctant model. I drove the whole family a bit crazy I think with my incessant shooting. Yet we were/are a tight family and they continue to put up with my shooting ..ha! mostly because these days they are shooting constantly with their phones. In 1958 when I shot this picture, only a very few moments of our lives were documented. Now every day of our life is recorded. Yet do we make prints? Here I am making a fiber silver print of this very old picture, yet will I make a print of Patricia that I shot yesterday? Less likely. Thanks Pat for this over pose!! Safe travels back home. Thanks to Paul, Sara, Maria and you for coming. Big hugs big love ❤️

Early morning fog shrouds the Nags Head Fishing Pier as a lone fisherman tries his luck. Of course pier fishermen seem to enjoy the process as much as catching a fish. Kinda like photographers. You do all you can, apply knowledge/experience etc, yet still there’s an elusive end game. These old wooden fishing piers here in the Outer Banks are social centers. Each pier with it’s own demographic. Some locals have their favorite pier and don’t go to the others. I love them all. You can go fishing or just savor steamed shrimp and a beer and dance with a live local band. As the pleasures of summer go, it really doesn’t get any better.
I was invited by @samsungtv to create a series of images capturing the art in the everyday, and I will be sharing an image each day for a week. The images will be made available as part of the 'Fine Art, Everyday' collection on The Frame TV's digital art platform Art Store. You can find the link in my bio.

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Fireworks here in the outer banks can come at any time. Celebrating the beginning of summer, July 4, the middle of summer, the end of summer and everything in between. Beach weddings in particular seem to inspire a sky shower or two.. shhhhh💥🎉. I was invited by @samsungtv to create a series of images capturing the art in the everyday, and I will be sharing an image each day for a week. The images will be made available as part of the 'Fine Art, Everyday' collection on The Frame TV's digital art platform Art Store. You can find the link in my bio.

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Magazine photographers oftentimes go to extreme lengths to get a publishable photo. Diving deep, climbing high, temp extremes, dodging bullets, hurdles to access, etc etc. Not work for the feint of heart. Yet all I did for a double page spread in @natgeo was to take a few steps off my front porch during my morning coffee. Once a year, and for about an hour,  the swallows swoop down on the shrubs of Jockeys Ridge State Park in Nags Head NC. I normally go to extremes like all others, yet this time it just happened. Of course I was assigned a story to shoot in the Outer Banks. I always tell those I mentor to seriously consider their own backyard for in depth projects. This photo is just a lucky circumstance. Yet knowing when you are lucky takes more than luck!
I was invited by @samsungtv to create a series of images capturing the art in the everyday, and I will be sharing an image each day for a week. The images will be made available as part of the 'Fine Art, Everyday' collection on The Frame TV's digital art platform Art Store. You can find the link in my bio.

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Many years ago I stayed for a couple of weeks here at the Sea Foam motel..I wasn’t on vacation, but shooting my first, but not last, story on the Outer Banks for @NatGeo. The place intrigues me. Partly a nostalgia trip for the 50’s pull your car up to the front door to your motel days. It’s also been on my mind for years as a photo story. I’ve shot it many times in all kinds of light thinking to have it as my book cover/title on the upcoming outer banks book. There are many fancier places one can stay here, yet none more retro and perfectly placed on the ocean front. If you get down to the OBX at least drive by and check it out. You too will see a movie set waiting to happen.
I was invited by @samsungtv to create a series of images capturing the art in the everyday, and I will be sharing an image each day for a week. The images will be made available as part of the 'Fine Art, Everyday' collection on The Frame TV's digital art platform Art Store. You can find the link in my bio.

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The surfing scene in the Outer Banks NC is super eclectic, with a few super surf stars and a lot of riders like Alejandra @ale_jandram who are simply learning to read the waves. Here the Atlantic has a sandy bottom and the best surf breaks move around just like the islands themselves, as opposed to solid reef breaks in other parts of the world. This means less world class surf, yet more break spots for everyone. This makes for a generally polite, everybody gets a wave crowd. Fall is just around the corner and that’s when we do get the rare yet sweet double overhead barrels. Wind and sea. My life elixir.

I was invited by @samsungtv to create a series of images capturing the art in the everyday, and I will be sharing an image each day for a week. The images will be made available as part of the 'Fine Art, Everyday' collection on The Frame TV's digital art platform Art Store. You can find the link in my bio.

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