Monthly Archives: December 2014

A room with a view

When I travel I always try to select hotels that are likely to have interesting views, and to request a room with a view if possible. Of course, my idea of an interesting view doesn’t always coincide with the normal tourist vista! I do look around carefully to see what I might like to photograph when I get to my new “home away from home.” The photo below was taken out of the ninth floor window of my hotel room in Barcelona, Spain at the Avenida Palace Hotel facing south towards Montjuic. I like the collage of heating ducts as much as the details that show that the scene in is in Barcelona.

View of a Barcelona Roof © Harold Davis

View of a Barcelona Roof © Harold Davis

Some other examples of my passion for photographing from (or of) hotel room windows include this view out a back window of the pre-renovation Hotel Lutece in Paris showing (once again) complicated duct work, this view of my window on the cathedral in Bourg, France, as much about the lighting as about the incredible church (the related iPhone capture shows a bit more of the room itself), this view down on the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona from the Hotel Espanya showing an unusual angle on the medieval section of town, and the view from my room over the Bay of Tangiers at night in Morocco shown below.

Bay of Tangiers at Night © Harold Davis

Bay of Tangiers at Night © Harold Davis

Posted in Digital Night, Monochrome, Photography

Working on the Kumano kodo portfolio prototype

My Kumano kodo portfolio of images from spiritual Japan has been a long time coming. We’re printing it on one long piece of Awagami Kozo washi, then scoring and folding it into a clam shell, fan-folded shape on a single long piece of paper. This has presented some technical software difficulties, as the paper length is greater than our Epson 9900 can handle using its native code.

Kumano kodo portfolio prototype © Harold Davos

Kumano kodo portfolio prototype © Harold Davos

The origami-like main portion of this portfolio includes thirteen images from my travel in Japan, as noted in one uncut but folded sixteen foot (about 5 meters) long piece.  The portfolio is wrapped in an additional image, a panoramic slip cover. Besides these fourteen images there is a descriptive booklet explaining the images; it all fits neatly in a  presentation box.

The Kumano kodo portfolio is being produced by hand in a small edition of twelve hand signed and numbered copies, along with four artist proofs. We have the first two copies already promised to collectors, and one copy available at $650. Please let us know if you’d like to reserve it. After the third copy is sold, the price of the edition rises to $1,150.

Posted in Photography

Wider view of the Jemaa-el-Fna (with Zeiss 15mm)

This wider view of the Jemaa-al-Fna, the central square in Marrakesh, Morocco, was shot with the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 lens, allowing a very broad view of the square in all its extent, but minimizing optical distortion. The fence shown in the right foreground is on the balcony where my tripod perched. The image shows steam and smoke rising from the famous food stalls to the left in the square, where I had a glorious and fun meal seated at the impromptu counters.

Jemaa-al-Fna 2  © Harold Davis

Jemaa-al-Fna 2 © Harold Davis

Posted in Photography