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Flower Magic
Flower Magic © Harold Davis

Flower Magic

Well, flowers are magical. So is nature, and so are people. Of course, with light comes darkness, and without the contrast we would not grasp the magic of the moment…

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Eye of the Artist
Eye of the Artist © Harold Davis

Eye of the Artist

Following an appointment at the eye doctor with the usual ocular poking and prodding, I came home inspired to create another composite image based on the photo of my eye!

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Apt Eye
Aye Tondo © Harold Davis

Apt Eye

Here are two more Photoshop composites (I call these "Impossible Images") based on the photo of my left eye!

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Limiting the Palette
Irises and Red Tulips © Harold Davis

Limiting the Palette

Sometimes a limited palette of colors can actually seem more colorful than a full spectrum of rainbow colors. As a case in point, consider these two compositions, limited to a…

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Family Portrait
Davis Family

Family Portrait

In December 2023, with Mathew home from college, we engaged portrait photographer Nan Phelps to make a family photo of the six of us. Nan worked the old-fashioned way: with…

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Year of the Dragon
New Year's Dragon on Black © Harold Davis

Year of the Dragon

In honor of the quickly approaching Year of the Dragon, and since I am a "golden Dragon," I thought it would be fun and appropriate to post some of my…

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Eye (I) Spy
Eye (I) Spy © Harold Davis

Eye (I) Spy

I was walking north from the Oculus in downtown Manhattan along West Broadway. Back in the day, when I lived and worked out of my studio at 18th Street and…

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Rhapsody in Tulip
Rhapsody in Tulip © Harold Davis

Rhapsody in Tulip

Rhapsody in Tulip is my last 2023 image in the Artfully Random series. As I look back, this image speaks to me with its sense of color and rhythm: a…

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Iris Suite
Iris Window © Harold Davis

Iris Suite

I have been photographing Irises close-up and personal. Irises are wonderful flowers, and I come back to them quite a bit. With these images, I used a simple setup with…

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Hollyhock Lace
Hollyhock Lace © Harold Davis

Hollyhock Lace

"Lace" in this case seems to have been formed by the operations of time and small insects. Then again, beauty is where you find it. But with this composition there…

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Subversive Metaphoto
Osaka Castle © Harold Davis

Subversive Metaphoto

I think that "subversive metaphoto" is a mouthful, but I kind of like the phrase. Ponderous? Sure. Pretentious? Double sure.  But here's the thing. I spend much time thinking on…

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Contribution to Doctors without Borders
Mandala (White) © Harold Davis

Contribution to Doctors without Borders

Thank you to everyone who contributed, attended, and helped get the word out about today's Photographing Flowers for Transparency webinar benefiting Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Phyllis and I…

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