Ryan Harvey Photography

Be Passionate…

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So, I work 3 jobs(which none of them pay). I don’t have a digital camera.  I don’t have a dark room.  Those would be the 3 main reasons why I haven’t blogged in many a week, maybe even months.  So here is the breakdown:

 I work with Golf Magazine and as you know Rodney as well.  A few weeks ago, I was working in the Studio with a photographer names Schecter Lee.  He is a great still life shooter, who has wonderful character and would do all he can for anyone who needed help.  You can see his work almost every month in Golf Magazine.  Anyways, I was assisting him in the studio on a shoot when he started asking why I was here and what I wanted to do and maybe 284 other questions.  After we talked for a while and got to know each other, he decided he liked me, and wanted to help me out in any way possible.  

In the studio beside us, was a photographer named Ben Baker.  He is a portrait shooter and a great one too (www.benbakerphoto.com).  Schecter knew of him but didn’t know him.  But he had already decided that I should meet him and try to assist for him.  So at the end of our shoot, he walked right up to Ben and said, “Hey Ben, I am Schecter Lee and this is Ryan Harvey.  We wanted to know if you had any shoots coming up the Ryan could help you on.”  And that was basically it.  He said, sure come on and we exchanged emails and phone numbers.  

Ben invited me on a shoot the next week and told me it was quite big and I need to be prepared for a long 2 days.  It was for the (Red) Campaign and Fortune Magazine.  Needless to say, a lot of celebrities and powerful people would be there.  I knew that he used all Profoto gear and coming from RCC, of course we don’t have any.  So for the next week, I watched videos and did research on how to set up, use, and break down Profoto gear, so when I was working I wouldn’t seem completely dumb.

The shoot was amazing. Period.  If you read this far and want to know about it, I will tell you 

From there, Ben and I have stayed in touch and I am continuing to help him with his work.  Hopefully things will work out up here and I get a job assisting full time.  

Things are going well with Rodney too.  His book is coming along well, as well as planning exhibitions and other shoots in the near future.  He likes me, even though he drills me about everything in my life every time we are together.  

I will try to blog more in the future to keep whoever reads this informed about my life, even if there aren’t any photographs. 

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15/04/2009 at 11:10 am

I hate shaving.

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This morning I had to have some macro shots for critique and I still didn’t have anything.  So I decided to shower and get ready for the day.  One of my electric razors was sitting on the counter and I decided to ignore it since I hate shaving.  But i thought it could be a cool macro shot so I finished getting ready and took a few. I took the top of the razor off to show the blades.  You can see some hair and what I am guessing is skin that is chopped up.  If you squint hard enough, you can even see my the Double Helix of my DNA.  I am pretty pleased with what I have.  

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20/02/2009 at 12:00 am

excuse me sir, you’re a panda!

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This is one of the shots I took while in NYC the last time I was there. I was walking to the International Center of Photography and saw this Panda waiting to cross the street.  He wasn’t promoting or trying to sell anything.  Just having a good time being a panda I guess.  While at ICP, I was able to look at some of Steichen’s work.  Absolutely incredible!  I hope to spend a lot of time at ICP when I am in the city.  

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11/02/2009 at 10:44 pm

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harriett, my lovely

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So I invested in a Hasselblad this week.  I did 2 real quick shots of it in the studio when I was shooting some macro stuff.  When I say quick I mean, I didn’t even clean the dust off the lens.  Her name is Harriett.  Jessica Seawell helped me come up with the name a few days later.  She was born in 1968 and is in great condition.  

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06/02/2009 at 1:11 am

boom.

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I thought I would post another video this week.  I think this is quite funny.  It takes a while and its painful but its too good to not watch.

 

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06/02/2009 at 12:33 am

i’m mossy…

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So here is another macro shot for class.  I only had time for one shot this week since I spend a lot of time in NYC.  Its some moss I found in a crack of some asphalt at school.  I decided to put up some magenta fabric since it is the complimentary of green.  Hope you enjoy

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30/01/2009 at 2:41 am

NYC…

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Well, heres a post to fill you in with my recent trip.  I was originally suppose to meet with Rodney and his staff on Friday.  Unfortunately, due to some complications (getting on the wrong bus) I wasn’t able to make the interview time.  It was terrible.  I was talking with Stephen, Rodney’s studio manager, trying to figure out a way that I could get off the bus and wait for a different one and it went on and on. Too bad for me, there wasn’t a bus going anywhere close to where he was.  Feeling really really defeated and wanting to fly home that night, I called him once more apologizing like crazy and asking if there was anything I could do and he presented me with an incredible opportunity.  If I could be at the bus stop at 10 o’clock, Rodney would drive over and pick me up and we could meet just the two of us.  So I went home that night feeling really good about the next day and knowing I would do well.  

The morning of, I wake up at 5:50 and get ready and leave brooklyn at 6:15.  I arrive 2 hours early.  I know it sounds silly, but I wasn’t going to leave anything to chance.  I needed this interview.  He picks me up and go back to his house.  We talked for about 2 hours drinking coffee and laughing about things in our life.  He offers the internship to me after he tells me, “Ryan, I really like you, I think you could learn a lot up here”.  Done, I committed myself to be there whenever he needed me.  He dropped me off and the GW bridge, I shake his hand and say. “see you soon”.  At this point, I feel really good about living up here and working with him. 

The morning I am set to fly off, I decide to email a connection I had with golf magazine and see if maybe I could squeeze in an interview.  We email for about ten minutes back and forth and she decides she has enough time to meet with me if I can make it there by 11.  Long story short, I meet with her and another editor and they decide they want me on March 5th.  On top of that, I will be working with her and her husband on the weekends.  She also gave me another connection with another photographer who needed an assistant.

I still get nervous when I think of moving up there but I know that it will be good and I know its right.  Dreams I have had for almost 2 years now, became a reality in 2 days.  Now its time for new goals and dreams.  If you will, keep me in your thoughts and if you want to, encouraging words are always good to here.  God is good

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29/01/2009 at 1:06 am

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