About Harold.

_HMG0508Harold’s Creative Journey: I love exploring different cultures of our world with my wife Rita, my dear friend Mr. SLR Nikon, his brother Mr. Pen Pal.

I try to tell a story through images and words that bring back the human interest and overlaying rich textures of a different country’s lifestyle.

To capture a moment in time as I float down a river, walk a mud-street village, hike a sand dune at sunrise, stroll up a jungle trail or cruise through the workshop of a regional craftsman, is a pleasure and a dream.

It is a joy of mine to share these images with children and young students in hopes that my images will inspire a few of them to travel and explore other cultures of the world with an open mind.

I am a professional photojournalist. My traveling sidekick is Mr. SLR Nikon and his gear bag full of camera goodies. As a “realist photographer”, I do not manipulate my images. I perform my minor post production in Lightroom. I do not have Photoshop on my Mac.

I am now retired and live in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico with my wife.

During my career I owned a large advertising/marketing/public relations agency in Houston, Texas. I launched my 25-year professional career as the agency’s primary writer and Creative Director.

Upon retirement, in 1989, I moved full-time to the island of Martha’s Vineyard before moving to Mexico in 2001.

I was born in upstate New York in the small town of Auburn on the Finger Lakes and attended The Northwood Preparatory School in Lake Placid, New York.

My degree from the University of Florida is in Advertising and Marketing..

The inspiration for my love of photography came from my father, who was an amateur photographer. As a young child, I spent many hours in his darkroom helping him hang black & white prints with clothes pins.

Interested in taking a journey?
You are invited to join my trusty sidekick, Mr. SLR Nikon, his brother Mr. Pen Pal and I on our “Nikon Train of Travels”.


173 responses

  1. Nice to be in contact Harold and I am glad you liked the blog where I write about photography.
    I expect I will be spending some time wandering thru your site as I get to know you.
    And I must write that I do enjoy how you have anthropomorphized your camera equipment.

    • Our feelings are mutual. I too look forward to exploring your interest and love of the B&W image. I spend so much time with my gear that they have become my friends rather than a tool of of the trade. So, I just had to give them names.

      • That’s neat Harold. I just have a bunch of tools that I choose for the job at hand. I always buy used and might change on a whim. However, I do enjoy your…hmmm relationship with the photo equipment you use. When I first read your words about the “team” I thought. Hmm, this guy is gonna be worth reading and watching!

  2. Thanks for the like Harold. I’ll use any excuse to post my photos of the beautiful wildlife around here!

    I notice that India is not in your list of places visited yet. I do hope you come sometime – it’s an amazing country!

  3. It is a pleasure to go through your blogs sir Harold,I am baffled,inspired to the highest level,to write deeper,explore the world,to travel,paint,take photos, to do it all. I marvel at your passion it acts as a fuel igniter lol.God bless you for following your dreams and for taking time to follow my page and leading me here.I shall say no more but i am smiling greatly :)

    • Thank you laurnaguiste7. I love traveling and following my heart. May you explode your inspiration bubble and allow all your hidden talents to capture the moment, paint the scene and write the story.

  4. Just discovered your blog. Love your photos and that you limit your processing. So much HDR out there these days that looks more like video game CG rather than photography. Your site inspires me to continue developing on my photography skills,

    • Marie, thank you. With what you want to do in your retirement, photography is the perfect companion. Plus, you get to re-live and re-live over an over again the great times that you had.

  5. Hello newest Spikey! I know, a bit corny, eh, but that’s the term that has come to stick for those folk who are part of the clan known to be followers of Uncle Spike :)

    Thank you… I really appreciate that as I for one, know how many interesting and entertaining blogs are out there.

    My aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my ‘point n shoot’ attempts at basic photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day to day happenings here on the farm. Oh, plus a few observations on life as I see it, thrown in for good measure.

    My promise to you is not to be overbearing, just a couple of posts a day, maybe 3 at weekends if I have something special to share. But if you are at a loose end one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too. I have added plenty of categories to help in said digging process.

    Thanks again and hope you have a great day…


  6. Seems like complete journey of life penned down in a few words… I must say…. this is one of those very rare “About” pages… where i could atleast make out what kind of person you are professionally… thank you for visiting my blog… and giving me a chance to explore yours’… :) happy days :)

  7. NewsWatch Television recently liked a post of mine and when I visited their site I saw your site there (an old comment, I think). I was intrigued and clicked the link. Just goes to show how far reaching the blogosphere can be :)

  8. I love this!

    “It is a joy of mine to share these images with children and young students in hopes that my images will inspire a few of them to travel and explore other cultures of the world with an open mind.”

    I am grateful to have found your vibrant body of work via a NewsWatch Television connection.

    In the spirit of the journey,
    Angel Pricer

    • Thank you emeraldwake. My Creative Team, Mr. SLR Nikon, his brother Mr. Pen Pal and myself, are very happy to have you along on our hip as we explore, journey and discover unclose and personal our wonderful wold.

  9. I really enjoyed reading your story and I think your blog is very inspiring, Harold! Thank you! Feel free to visit my blog, as well. I think you might like it! All the best, Julian

  10. I believe in ‘chance meetings’ and you came to my screen via “Ute smiles” – so happy about this. I most certainly will follow you from now on, what absolute beautiful (especially portrait-) photographs.
    Did you set the top photograph up? I like it. btw, my Nikon says ‘hola’ to your Nikon :).

    • Good morning Carina and Ms. Nikon from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Thank you for your nice comments and for hopping on my hip and joining our journeys. I’m on your hip gong through Germany. Especially as the country salutes its women. Ute is a dream. I call her Miss Positive. On the photo in “About Harold”, I gave my Nikon to a friend on our journey to take the photo. Normally I do not do “selfies” or “I was here” photos.

  11. Wow…well, it’s a true honor for me to join all your followers you know. I had liked one of you photograph via another Blog I follow, but I can see that it was meant for a beautiful journey. I love you space…and so you live in Mexico…one of the Country I had wished to visit, but I never did. It will be a sincere pleasure to visit more of your blog and I want to thank you for following the Blog D.A. Lavoie. I’m sure that i will also share some of your work on my other Blog, ”Sharing the Magic” (http://delvi360.wordpress.com). So, to the honor of getting to know you my friend, keep up the good work! Delvi.

    • Iene, thank you for your wonderful, warm comments. Our creative team appreciates your enjoyment of what we are trying to do. Thank you also for honoring us with a nomination for The Sunshine Award. Also, thank you for discovering my photography blog http://www.throughharoldslens.com. You gave me the opportunity to discover, explore and follow your blog. Hope we both enjoy our journeys. On behalf of the Through Harold’s Lens Creative Team, my trusty sidekick Mr. SLR Nikon, his brother Mr. Pen Pal and myself, we wish you the best.


  12. You certainly have a lot of rewards! The travel must be exciting! I can find most of that stuff in my bathroom… lol! Just loved your about page. I know we haven’t talked since June. I only just found out now. Now if it’s OK with you, I’d like to go visit Mr. Nikon :O)

  13. I am very interested in joining your journey, thank you! You have a career I often dreamed about when growing up. Now I am a retired addictions/mental health counselor and writing full-time, happily! Please consider stopping by my blog Tales for Life. You have my “follow”. Regards to you and yours.

  14. Dear Harold,
    Today I had the opportunity to share time with you and other friends on the field, enjoying photography; I was delighted with your kindness and good humor.

    I took a time to look at your work: the photos and the poetry and I’m amazed!

    You are an artist with great creativity, eye and heart.


    • Thank you Rodrigo. It’s make me feel good that you enjoy what I am trying to do with the creative side of me. That was a fun day. I was a bit tired at the end. I could spend a day in the monastery. Got to figure how I can get stabilization in there so I can time some time exposures. Thank you also for sending me your images from our journey. I really enjoyed them. I have not had a chance to download them. My buddy Mr. SLR Nikon is currently holding the cards close to his vest.

  15. Dear Harold,
    Today I had the opportunity to share time with you and other friends on the field, enjoying photography; I was delighted with your kindness and good humor.

    I took a time to look at your work: the photos and the poetry and I’m amazed!

    You are an artist with great creativity, eye and heart.


    • sam, thank you for honoring my blog http://www.throughharoldslens.com with the Inner Peace Award. It is a treasure when I open my blog, to find a comment from a fellow blogger who appreciates what I am trying to do as much as I appreciate what they are trying to do with their blog. Thank you sam. You have a wonderful concept for a blog that honors those who risk their lives so that all of us may enjoy security, comfort and safety and to live a better life.

      • All the honor and pleasure is mine my friend. As creative bloggers we are all trying to add to the general good of the world in our own special and unique way. It is important to recognize each others efforts and to appreciate each other. Your blog and you deserve the honor of the prestigious awards . Thank you so much for such kind words about my blog. It has made my day and more determined to pursue this noble cause of honoring our protectors. Take care and have a lovely day.

  16. Harold,

    Exploring your blog on the phone but will wait until I get back to the desktop to explore it properly. It looks very impressive! I am also a wordpress user: great platform!

    I hope ye got home OK and Rebecca sends her regards to both you and Rita.


  17. You nominated me for an award a while back, and I wasn’t able to participate. Now I’m nominating you for a Liebster Blog Award, because I wanted to say thank you and let you know how much I appreciate your blog and your continued support of my blog. You are the best!!

    • Thank Cecilia. I feel honored that you enjoy Through Harold’s Lens enough to nominate it for a Liebster Award. I truly enjoy your blog, your dance and your journey with Karl. I will let you know when I post something re this. Best, Harold

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