Monthly Archives: April 2022

Harold Davis Tulips Stamp Page

The USPS has created a page for my Tulip Pano stamp at This page has information about the stamp, the first day of issue, where to buy the stamp, and biographical info about the art director as well as yours truly!

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Coming into Toulouse

Dreamlike, the landscape of France sped past at high speeds, as I viewed the earth from the windows of the TGV (the high speed train). Dreamlike in feeling, and what better time to create a soft composition of landscape and clouds using a bit of motion blur. Then onward to the bustle of Toulouse, and the hubbub of the nearly perpetual marketplace in the Place du Capitole (shown below from a window in my hotel).

Landscape © Harold Davis

Place du Capitole, Toulouse © Harold Davis

Posted in France, Photography

Pantheon in Paris

Construction began on the Pantheon as a church for the patron saint of Paris, Saint Genevieve. As so often happens when there is construction there were delays, then more delays, then the revolution happened.

Saint Genevieve’s church was about half finished. Egalité was in the air, at least for a short while, and religion was out. So the idea became to transition the design from religious to a secular mausoleum for honored citizens. The architectural result was one part church, and one part based on the Pantheon in Rome.

Over the years the Pantheon bounced back and forth from religious to secular temple, with great folks interred including Marie Curie, Victor Hugo, Voltaire, and Emil Zola.

In the first image, I have pointed my camera at the domes of the Pantheon using a very wide angle lens (15mm). The next image (below), taken by my friend Julian Köpke, shows me making the first photo, along with some possible annotations to the issues of curvature in space and time. 

Pantheon © Harold Davis

Harold Davis photographing in the Pantheon © Julian Köpke


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Samaritaine, Paris

If you visit Paris, check out the stunning renovation of the Samaritaine department store (shown in the 8mm fisheye view below). It is on the right bank adjacent to the Pont Neuf.

Samaritaine, Paris © Harold Davis

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Under the Pont de Grenelle

Since I am jet lagged I am going to keep this short and sweet: What great fun to be back in Paris with my camera! Just now, after dinner at the Brasserie Le Franklin, Julian K and I stumbled down to the Seine and photographed bridges, the Eiffel Tower, and more.

Under the Pont de Grenelle © Harold Davis

Posted in France, Paris

La Compsizione Fotografica

I’m pleased and excited to learn about a new Italian translation of Composition & Photography from ApoGeo in Milan. The title sounds sonorous and compelling in Italian: La Compsizione Fotografica: Dare struttura e forma alle immagini.

Posted in Writing

Update: Off-the-Beaten Track Japan Photography Journey

I’m off to France and Spain this coming week, and I wanted to write a brief update for anyone interested in my Off-the-Beaten Track Japan Photography Journey, scheduled to begin in Tokyo on October 16, 2022. We have a very few spaces left in this destination photography workshop, but it is filling up fast.

Misty Mountains © Harold Davis

As you may know, Japan is still closed to foreign tourists. A number of my sources in Japan are cautiously optimistic about this changing. So I think it is likely (but not certain) that we will be able to travel in Japan in October. However, it is likely that the changes will not take effect before the Japanese election in July. 

If you are interesting in coming with me on this Japanese adventure, please read the Prospectus carefully including the Itinerary and the Terms & Conditions. Next, drop us an email to let us know you would like to come, complete the Reservation Form, and mail it to us along with your deposit check and copies of your passport page and Covid vaccination card.

Considering the certain uncertainties and the known unknowns: We will not be requesting the balance payment until after tourist travel to Japan has been confirmed. And, your deposit is fully refundable until that point, and also we will, of course, refund the deposits if we are unable to run this trip.

Very best wishes, and see you in Japan!

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Gentle Adventures Are Us

As an inveterate traveler, I crave adventures. Not soul crushing desperate adventures, but life affirming, creative adventures. With this gentle style of adventuring, you come back having met many people, seen new things, and ready to view the world with fresh eyes.

Somewhere in Rural France © Harold Davis

So I am excited to leave for France next week, where I’ll spend a few days with friends in Paris. Then onward to the southwest of France, where I’ll spend some time with a wonderful group at the charming Mas de Garrigue

Next, I’ll spend a few weeks walking a portion of the Camino de Santiago in Spain.

My plan is to post on Instagram and Flickr, and to blog—of course, only as I am able, because in travel “being there” always come first. I might have experiences to experience! But if I can, I will bring you along with me, so you can see the world through my eyes.

Garden along the Camino © Harold Davis

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Online Workshops in June

I’ll be giving two online workshops in June under the auspices of the Heidelberg Summer School of Photography. These workshops will be given in English.

The first is a Photographing Flowers for Photography session on Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 11am PT (2pm ET). Click here for more information and registration

The workshop descriptions are along the right of the page in English. When you click the registration link (in German), you go to to pay. You can toggle this to English on the upper right. You need to find my workshops on their list of offerings.

The Flowers session is 45 Euros (about $50). The three Composition sessions (below) are 199 Euros (about $220).

Flowers Party Too! © Harold Davis

Composition & Photography is a three-part online workshop with reviews and exercises on successive Thursdays, June 16, 23, and 30. Online sessions begin at 10am PT (1pm ET). Click here for more information & registration.

Waves on Drakes Beach © Harold Davis

Waves on Drakes Beach © Harold Davis

I hope to see you at these unique online events. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Posted in Workshops

Really Singing

Over on my Instagram feed (@haroldldavis), I’ve been running through a series of what I’ve called “Retropolis” images: photographs from my past, usually ten years ago or more, that have really stuck with me. Some of this is personal preference. Some of it involves the process of iconization. In a long and productive career, which images really stick?

Even the greats—Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and so on—are primarily known for a handful of images. Admittedly, most of these iconic images are really special, but there is also randomness and chance involved. A great deal depends upon the vagaries of publication and distribution.

In this connection, I was pleased to find (and quote here) a remark of mine in the blog story associated with the first Retropolis I present here, Slot Canyon:  

It is easy to getting bogged down in the physics and physicality—the tyranny of the world of “things”—and forget to look for the ethereal magic that can make a photographic composition really sing.

Slot Canyon © Harold Davis

Cayucos Pier © Harold Davis

Cayucos Pier © Harold Davis

Night at Point Reyes Lighthouse © Harold Davis

Night at Point Reyes Lighthouse © Harold Davis

Chateau des Nazelles © Harold Davis

Chateau des Nazelles © Harold Davis

Here are the blog stories I originally posted related to these Retropolis images: Slot Canyon (2012); Cayucos Pier (2013); Night at Point Reyes Lighthouse (2007); and Chateau de Nazelles (2013).

As the old joke goes, enough about me: now, what do you think of me? If there are any specific images from my “back pages” that you think should be re-posted, I’d appreciate it if you let me know.

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Quantum Entanglement

Quantum entanglement is a physical phenomenon that occurs when a group of particles are generated, interact, or share spatial proximity in a way such that the quantum state of each particle of the group cannot be described independently of the state of the others, including when the particles are separated by a large distance. [Source: Wikipedia.] In other words, group interaction at a distance! With no apparent connection! Over vast distances! Explaining quantum entanglement using classical mechanics seems impossible, which has lead to the field of quantum mechanics.

Quantum Entanglement © Harold Davis

The Quantum Entanglement series of images began as several frames photographed down on a light box from the inside of a parfait glass. I combined the frames (they were different exposures), composited the result with itself several times, and made a number of round trips into the phantasmagorical LAB color space. 

Quantum Entanglement 2 © Harold Davis

One thing worth noting about these images: there’s an optical illusion in the center, which appears to be an almost lenticular trompe l’oeil effect. This is particularly noticeable in an enlarged version of Quantum Entanglement 2.

Quantum Entanglement 3 © Harold Davis

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Celebrating Beauty Where I Find It

Daffodils and Irises © Harold Davis

Dear Ones:

In our garden, the Iris and Freesia are flowering. The peony bush I planted last autumn has produced an enormous, platter-sized blossom. This is Paeonia ‘Morning Lilac’, an Itoh Peony—also called “Intersectional”. Itoh Peonies are hybrids between Tree Peonies and herbacious Peonies, with some of the best properties of each. This was not an easy hybridization, begun in the 1940s in Japan by Toichi Itoh. Only a few Itoh Peonies have recently made it into commerce.

It is spring in Berkeley, with the air redolent of the rich, fragrant California floral perfume that I smell nowhere else.

Of course, no matter where one lives, and however immersed one may be in horticulture and flower photography, one cannot ignore the events in the wide world. My heart bleeds for those whose lives are ruined or ended by the greed of autocrats and under the fascist boot. I would so like to see the forces of evil defeated, and humanity approach decision making with more thoughtfulness, gratitude, humility—and caring for others. In the meantime—I am generally an optimist, but I am not really holding my breath—I intend to live life to the fullest, and to celebrate beauty where and how I find it.

Professionally, this has been an exciting time for me. My new book, Composition & Photography: Working with photography using design concepts, is available as an eBook, with the actual “real” books to get here soon. The USPS stamps using my work are now available. And I am to be the 2022 Photographic Society of America (PSA) Progress Award winner.

Regarding the PSA Progress Award, this comes as a total surprise to me. I am so grateful, and certainly in good company, considering the previous annual award winners. Most of all, it means to me that people are “listening” to me—that I am seen. That my work is seen. I do not plan to “rest on my laurels.” This is not the end, it is only the beginning. Thank you PSA, so very much!

I am very excited to be leaving soon on extended travels. I’ll be meeting friends in Paris, then leading a small photography group in the southwest of France, then hiking on my own as a pilgrim on a portion of the Camino de Santiago (click here for a video discussing some of my previous Caminos).

Please consider joining me in August in Berkeley, California for Photographing Flowers for Transparency, in September in Maine for Composition and Photography, or in October for Off-the-Beaten-Track Japan. Click here for my 2022 Works & Events schedule.

I send my very best wishes in photography,

Harold Davis

Peony One © Harold Davis

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