My sponsor Zeiss has announced a spectacular new line of lenses, the “Milvus” lenses. As a prelude to the product launch, I got to work with two of the lenses, the Milvus 21mm f/2.8 wide-angle and the Milvus 100mm f/2 macro, when they were in pre-production. The photos in this story were made with these lenses, and the text below is from the article Zeiss has posted (titled The poet among the photographers) as part of the campaign launch with more about my experience working with the Milvus lenses.
A poet that photographs – that’s the answer Harold Davis gives when people ask him about his profession. He paints with light and captures the world as he imagines it – he is the impressionist among photographers. Rangefinder Magazine has described Davis as a man with a remarkable range of abilities. Clicking through his portfolio on his website, it’s hard to believe that all the pictures you see were taken by the same photographer.
This versatility is the reward for decades of being active in both the arts and technology. In the early 1990s, Davis stored his camera for a few years in order to start programming software and write books about technology. You can sense his abilities in both of these fields when he talks about his work. “A photograph only records the light reflected by the object,” he explains, “and with this light I try to be creative and make interesting patterns, or form light like a sculpture.” What he likes to do most is “paint” spectacular landscapes, flowers, old buildings and beautiful women. Painting can also be taken literally: Davis studied fine arts in the 1970s and sometimes resorts to traditional paint brush and canvas.
“As if painted – Harold Davis is famous for his photographs of flower blossoms”