Ken Harvey

Most of my formal training in art stems from studying architecture in the early 1960’s at Pratt Institute in New York City. Courses included free-hand drawing, color theory, composition, and other training that was directly transferable to photography.

The training at Pratt Institute opened my eyes to the art world in general.

Interestingly, I learned a tremendous amount about photography by reading National Geographic magazine where the photography is first-rate.

My interest in photography grew more serious when I was in the US Army and stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, from 1966 to 1968. While there, I was able to use the photo lab where I developed my own film, printed enlargements, and mounted the photos. To get the best of both worlds, I used two (Pentax Spotmatic) camera bodies with three interchangeable lenses. One camera body was used for color film; the other was used for monochrome film.

Interestingly, I learned a tremendous amount about photography by reading National Geographic where the photography is first-rate and appealed to my interests.

Most of my working life was spent in information systems. I retired in January of 2006 and now have more time to devote myself to pursuing my love of photography.

Just as architecture is a wonderful blend of art and engineering, photography has proven to be a wonderful blend of art and technology. In the old days, many chemicals were used for the processing and printing. Today, digital photography is “green,” yet it provides the same latitude as the old processes and has added some new functionality.

People have asked me what kind of photography I do. There is no clear answer because I see art in a variety of places. Also, some images lend themselves to a traditional presentation whereas other images work better with a more artistic approach. To me, it’s the image and the feeling that count, not the genre, so I would not like to be restricted to a single type or format.



This is a small selection of the images that I have available.

Portland Head Light “Portland Head Light”

This picturesque lighthouse has been a common subject for photographers. I wanted to create a new vision of the lighthouse, so I included a strong foreground and was fortunate to have good lighting with a dramatic sky.

Deepest Love “Deepest Love”

This is an x-ray of my left hand holding a rose. Because the rose petals were so delicate, it was necessary to tint them to get them to show.

Making Ends Meet “Making Ends Meet”

This is a self portrait from 1966. I was counting my last six dollars.