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David Alan Harvey  Member/Magnum Photos. Editor/Burn Magazine


Yard art. Nags Head. 7-17. #fujigfx

Nags Head NC 7-19-17. #fujigfx

Nags Head NC 7-17 #fujixt2

The Bodie Island lighthouse has been a continuous beacon since 1872. 3,000 ships have sunk off these shores in the Outer Banks of NC. Look at a map and you will see why. Cargo ship captains sailing from New York to Charleston for example could save a day by routing as close to the Carolina coast as possible. With good weather yea that works . But storms come up fast here OBX. A strong NW wind would blow ships right up on the shallow shoals. What I can't get my head around is that after the first 100 ships or so sunk here, how in hell do you get 2,900 more captains to give it a shot and go down ? What were they thinking? Don't people learn from history and knowledge ? Hmmm, well sadly we know the answer. Lighthouses on both US coasts at least gave boat captains a reference point. The earliest residents here were lighthouse keepers, their families, and Coast Guard men who at least tried to rescue some of the men who lost their ship. Nobody else lived here because it was considered uninhabitable. Later land was given away free here to those who would homestead. It's not free anymore. Still the 35,000 full time residents of the Outer Banks are almost as crazy as the wayward sea captains. A category 5 hurricane would wipe us off the map. A category 3 would even do a pretty good job. It's hurricane season now. It's a beautiful day here. Yet having stuck it out here for a couple of category 2 hurricanes I know things can go real bad real fast. Yet like the sea captains of yesteryear, I think I'll be ok. Rising sea levels combined with the natural evolution of these barrier islands has marine geologists predicting our demise sooner rather than later. I live about 7 feet above sea level. Not much margin. Cutting it close. Yet working the edges is where I like to be anyway. Were I a sea captain I'm sure I'd be one of those who tried to cut it close. After all, many of them did make it to Charleston and drank a cold beer with cargo intact. Besides the Bodie light has been beaming for 150 years. So I take my chances. I'm taking pictures of it all. So in 150 years somebody can say "what was he thinking?"

Kites on the dune 7-17

Avalon Fishing pier parking lot. Outer Banks NC 7-16-17 #fujixt2

Rain on my darkroom screen door. Outer Banks NC 7-17-17 #fujixt2

Mi amiga Alejandra Martínez is visiting from Tamaulipas, Mexico. She's a lawyer by trade, but check her photos @ale_jandram . I'm just testing the b&w on my Fuji GFX medium format. This is my first picture w this camera and I didn't leave my chair. I have not shot prior any medium format digi, yet have shot lots of medium format film in the Australian outback, NASCAR auto racing, and on my American Family series. I can't help but love the creamy look. Sometimes I use a tripod w medium format but usually hand held. There is usually a bit of formality when using any larger camera. All types of cameras make you do different things. When on a jammed dance floor and the beer is flying, I've got a small camera or my iPhone. For portraits and landscapes and some street photography, the medium format look can take your breath away. Ok yes I'll move off my front porch. My bike is my fave mode of transpo in summer. Besides my old beat up truck has starter problems. Get a new truck? Nope. A new truck wouldn't look right w my old beat up house ha! Ok I'm going to shoot. The truly lucky thing for me and it's a miracle is that I love shooting after all this time. Even the pressure of an assignment makes me relax. Zen mode. Of course I'm the type who can't tie my shoes right, nor figure out what's wrong w my printer. So I live in a fantasy world that drives those around me crazy. Ha ha I try to get them over to my side of the line! A gentle sea breeze flows across the dunes. The smell of summer. #fujigfx

Nags Head NC . Pamlico Sound marsh. 7-15-17 #fujigfx

Nags Head NC 7-16-17. #fujigfx

For the rest of the summer I'll be shooting at home. Yea I do that anyway, yet now this time on commission for a book and exhibition. Why would I get an assignment to stay at home? Because people who give commissions see I shoot lots at home and seriously . I've had two assignments two different decades from NatGeo magazine at home here for the same reason. They also send me around the world because I can shoot my own backyard. This is what I try to explain to those I mentor. Follow your real passions and interest. It will show in the work. Editors notice these things. They also notice if you go running off to India or Nepal or Cuba to just shoot some exotic pictures because you think that's what editors want. Wrong. Copy what you already see in magazines and books published and that's a guarantee you won't get published in those publications. You need your own voice. Otherwise you are a "cover band". You might get some gigs, yet best to write your own songs. This doesn't mean every picture you take must be something nobody has seen before. What matters is the body of work the long term intent the meat of content over form and over time. In the next weeks I'll take on one, maybe two, students who get what I just wrote. Someone who is trying to go to their personal next step. I can't guarantee an outcome for anyone . I can simply provide the tools and the inspiration. It's all about a fire in the belly. Wanting/fantasizing something is one thing. Doing something is another. See my IG Stories to see a bit of process. Pea Island 7-15-17 before my morning coffee.

Jockeys Ridge. Outer Banks. 7-14-17

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