Monthly Archives: December 2020

Best wishes for the coming year

We are looking forward to a time when it is safe to have workshops in person. Meanwhile, please consider our new slate of 2021 webinars on Saturdays, with (we hope) something for everyone and some new listings. Click here for the complete schedule.

Wishing you a joyous, healthy, and creative 2021—Harold & Phyllis Davis

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Harold Davis—Best of 2020

Obviously, 2020 has been a difficult year for everyone. It was also not the year it started out being for me. Let me explain. In February and March I was first in Yosemite, teaching in a workshop. Next I was in Death Valley, followed by Escalante, Utah and the country around Moab.

I’d noted a news item about a novel disease in China, but didn’t think it would have very much applicability to my life and work. Oh, how oblivious we mortals can be!

My plans were to get home from the southwest, stay a few weeks, then head to Europe to lead a workshop in southwestern France followed by a stint walking as a pilgrim on the Camino de Santiago. And so on.

Obviously, my travel plans did not come to pass. We’ve spent the rest of 2020 at home, sheltering-in-place. One of these days I hope to travel again. But in the meanwhile, 2020 has seen my own, personal artist-in-residency-at-home. Which has made for works capturing on a smaller scale than many of my best-of photographs from years gone by, but I think I found plenty to capture at home. On the whole, it has been a productive year for me.

My “Best Of” selections for prior years, going back to 2013, can be found here.

Hydrangea Blossoms and Rock Spiral © Harold Davis

Hydrangea Blossoms and Rock Spiral © Harold Davis

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Skim Ice on the Merced © Harold Davis

Skim Ice on the Merced © Harold Davis

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Tulip Fandango © Harold Davis

Tulip Fandango © Harold Davis

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Folds in the Earth © Harold Davis

Folds in the Earth © Harold Davis

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Zabriskie View © Harold Davis

Zabriskie View © Harold Davis

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Eye of the Tower © Harold Davis

Eye of the Tower © Harold Davis

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Opening Train Bridge © Harold Davis

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Power Lines © Harold Davis

Power Lines © Harold Davis

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Poppies from our Garden Path © Harold Davis

Poppies from our Garden Path © Harold Davis

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White Papaver Nudicaule Inversion © Harold Davis

White Papaver Nudicaule Inversion © Harold Davis

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Parfait Mandala 1 © Harold Davis

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Patterns in Glass 3 © Harold Davis

Patterns in Glass 3 © Harold Davis

Egg White © Harold Davis

Egg White © Harold Davis

Nemesia and Gaillardia © Harold Davis

Duo © Harold Davis

Duo © Harold Davis

Florabundance © Harold Davis

Honeysuckle © Harold Davis

Honeysuckle © Harold Davis

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Dried Blossoms © Harold Davis

Dried Blossoms © Harold Davis

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Flowers from our Pandemic Garden © Harold Davis

Flowers from our Pandemic Garden © Harold Davis

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Brookside-Snowball Dahlia © Harold Davis

Brookside-Snowball Dahlia © Harold Davis

Let the sunshine in © Harold Davis

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Red Onion Slice © Harold Davis

Pear Slices © Harold Davis

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There's always one in every barrel! © Harold Davis

There’s always one in every barrel! © Harold Davis

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Apple Slice Playdate © Harold Davis

Metamorphosis © Harold Davis

Metamorphosis © Harold Davis

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Spiral of Flower Karma © Harold Davis

Spiral of Flower Karma © Harold Davis

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Bottled Light Study © Harold Davis

White Dahlia Inversion © Harold Davis

White Dahlia Inversion © Harold Davis

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Flowers are Multitudes © Harold Davis

Flowers are Multitudes © Harold Davis

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Serendipity with Sunflowers Inversion © Harold Davis

Bike Rack © Harold Davis

I hope you’ve enjoyed my images and the associated blog stories. For convenience, I’ve included a link below the image where I’ve written about it in my blog.

Most images available as prints. Please inquire. As of today, we are still running our Pandemic Print special.

Check out my self-selected bests from previous years in Best Images Annuals!

Posted in Best Of

Happy and Healthy Holiday Wishes

Happy & Healthy Holiday wishes! This year 2020 almost past surely wins an award for year most wished to be in the rear-view mirror. As we head into 2021 we are looking for health, peace, and serenity. Best wishes from our family to you and yours!

Posted in Photography

Piles of Petals Are Performative

Piles of flower petals are performative (and alliterative). I’ve fallen into the habit of keeping piles of natural objects, specifically bowls of flower petals in my work area. Gradually, they curl, and ultimately obtain the patina and wrinkles of flower-petal senescence. 

Flowers are Multitudes Inversion © Harold Davis

Flowers are Multitudes Inversion © Harold Davis

To make these images, I started with a conventional structure (like a flower bed with a row of stems) in a garden. After this version was complete, I entered the “Jackson Pollack” phase: spreading dried petals to some extent randomly, and taking advantage of serendipity.

The version below on white is what came out of the camera in the original set of exposures, and the version above on black is an LAB L-channel inversion of the original, white version.

Flowers are Multitudes © Harold Davis

Flowers are Multitudes © Harold Davis

Posted in Flowers, Photography

Watching a Mandala Video

I just watched the stop-motion videos that Phyllis made of making these two mandalas. How totally cool! Please consider joining us tomorrow, on Saturday December 12, 2020. We will (among other things) watch and talk about these videos of the making of the two mandala images shown below.

Mandala of Petals © Harold Davis

Mandala of Petals © Harold Davis

Stone Spiral Study Inversion © Harold Davis

Stone Spiral Study Inversion © Harold Davis

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Conversation about my photography with John Cornicello

Please consider joining me for a conversation about my photography with John Cornicello and Holger Mischke on Jan 7, 2021 at 10am PT. This is a free event. Click here for more information and the link to join.

Posted in Photography

Mandalas Simple and Complex

A mandala is a circular geometric pattern that symbolically can represent the entire universe. Sometimes, a mandala is meant to represent wholeness and life itself in relation to the infinite and the world that extends beyond and within minds and bodies.

In Eastern religions, a mandala may represent paradise, deities, sacred spaces, or simply be used as an aid to meditation.

These kinds of designs are also significant in Jungian analysis. Carl Jung thought that mandalas offered a “safe refuge of inner reconciliation and wholeness,” and found that the act of creating a mandalas had a calming, focusing effect on his patients’ psychological states.

My Mandalas are primarily created using flower petals on a light box, although I sometimes use other materials as well, and other backgrounds besides the light box. I consider the mandala a fundamental design shape, and am most interested in the form as an issue of formal design.

Please consider joining us for an exciting webinar on Saturday December 12, 2020 at 11am PT as I present and discuss a number of my mandala light box images, and show the process of creating these shapes. Click here for more information, here for registration, and here for our schedule of upcoming webinars.

Lodestar © Harold Davis

Spiral of Flower Karma © Harold Davis

Spiral of Flower Karma © Harold Davis

Lady Pink Apple Slices with Lemons © Harold Davis

Lady Pink Apple Slices with Lemons © Harold Davis

Posted in Photography

Sunflowers on Blue Velvet

It’s nice to pair a bouquet of yellow sunflowers with lush, blue velvet. The sunflower petals have been touched slightly with the Photoshop Oil Painting filter to add a little “van Gogh.” Is the subject of the photo the sunflowers or the blue velvet background? As is often the case, both are important.

Sunflowers on Blue Velvet © Harold Davis

Posted in Flowers

Webinars nouveau est arrivé (Please check out our new webinars!)

Please consider our new slate of webinars, now scheduled through March, 2021 on Saturday mornings (Pacific Time), with (we hope) something for everyone:

  • Models in Stop-Motion: the Multiple Exposure Series [Free Webinar] | Saturday January 2, 2021 at 11am PT click here for registration. Click here for more info. This is a FREE webinar, but seats are limited, and preregistration is required 
  • Finding Meaning in Photography: Guy Tal and Michael Gordon [Benefits Project Coyote] | Saturday January 16, 2021 at 11am PT click here for registration. Click here for more info. All proceeds from this webinar will benefit Project Coyote. Seats are limited, and preregistration is required 
Camellia Blossom © Harold Davis

Camellia Blossom © Harold Davis

Click here for our Workshops & Events page, and here for our past webinar video recordings on YouTube.

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