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”.


190 responses

  1. Harold,

    I’d just like to return the favour and nominate you for the Inspiring Blogger Award – I know you’ve already been nominated for this award three (!) times but I wanted to let you know how much your pictures transport me to another world altogether. Thanks and keep posting!


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    • Dear Peggy, I’m so happy that you were able to sit on my lens and throughly enjoy the twists and turns as I explore other cultures with a realistic open eye. I value that you were inspired enough by what I do to nominate Through Harold’s Lens for the Inspiring Blogger Award. I’m looking forward to having you along with me on other journeys. Best, Harold


    • Keith, thank you. My times with the Maasai were very days. I shall never forget the warmth, love and how comfortable the Maasai made me feel inside their villages with my camera.


  2. Hi Rita, hi Harold
    you have a very inspiring blog with remarkable travels and great photography. I really look forward to following you into the furture! ๐Ÿ™‚
    All the best, stay happy.
    Greetings from the Far North

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    • Hi Dina, welcome to Through Harold’s Lens. I appreciate your comments. I coming to you from the center of warm Mexico, where I enjoy being right now. I am about to take a deeper look at your blog as well. Chat later.


  3. Hello Harold,-
    And thanks for following my blog! See you’re married to NIKON ๐Ÿ˜€ andf it’s probably a very good choice. Myself have always been using EOS since I was sort of hijacked from Canon about 30 years ago. Today it’s too expensive to ‘remarry’ and I’m getting old! And now you have settled in Mexico?

    Observing that you have really travelled the world with your NIKON. So have I, but unfortunately a good many years was spent taking movies with a 16 mm Bolex and my old Yaschika and my new EOS were gathering dust . . .

    Now we are digital! It’s another world! And I do miss Kenya and Tanzania with thje kits of today.
    It would have been great fun! But then I’ll have to consider a cancer diagnosis less than a week old and must take one day at a time til I know more about the situation.

    Meanwhile I’ll be using my camera here in Norway ๐Ÿ™‚
    All the best!


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    • Seenorway, please take care of yourself. All is so new to you that you have given yourself excellent advice to take it all one day at a time and allow adjustments to take place.

      I have been a Nikon man since going to digital years ago. My son went with Canon. I selected Nikon as I have a bit of arthritis in my fingers and the Nikon was much easier for me to hold and work.

      Keep posting your good images of Norway. I have never been up that way but it is on my bucket list.


  4. Thank you for taking the time too look at my blog, i’ve just started so it nice to know people are interested. Also it gives me the chance too see other peoples work, like yours. Some fantastic shots! I am a bit of an amateur photographer myself in no means a pro. I was in Africa in 2000 and met some Maasai but not to take photos, i missed out. I was only 19 then a did not a decent camera but the memories have always stuck an inspirational place. Thanks again!

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  5. Hi Harold – thank you for stopping by my blog Island hopping in Greece. Looking at your photography makes me realise what an amateur I am ๐Ÿ™‚ I, too, travelled in Tanzania and Kenya many years ago and loved it, especially Tanzania where people were so friendly. This was back in the 80’es and I guess many things have changed since then, but probably not the Masai people. I ended my trip then by going to the island of Lamu which then was very much off the beaten track. I don’t know how it is today. Back then it was a truly beautiful and quiet place.

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    • Rednasaip, thank you. I am looking forward to island hopping in Greece through your lens and pen. I am going back to Africa again. I just don’t know when. I have not been to Lamu. I’ll have to check it out.


  6. Thanks for following my blog Harold. My husband and I have spent some time in East, West & Southern Africa over the past few years (before I took up photography!) and it’s so nice to see many of the wonderful images I would have liked to capture myself, in your blog. Your photography is amazing!

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  7. Dear Harold, pleasure to see a photographer of your skill following my blogs ๐Ÿ˜€
    I will gladly explore and follow your blog and it already inspires me to travel out of Europe sometimes in near future.
    This is one of a great things about blogging, a chance to discover so many good blogs out there ๐Ÿ˜€
    And btw, Mexico is definitely high up on the list of places to visit.

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  8. Hi Harold, how charming your journey to here is sounding. It’s fabulous to have the opportunity to travel especially with a loved one who enjoys the journey just as much. I saw you stopped at my blog, thanks so much for that. I’ve always had a keen interest in advertising even though that wasn’t my profession. I’m always looking at smart ad’s and saying ‘well now, that’s very clever’, so I can only imagine it’d be a great career working with a bunch of like minded people. I have this image of Don Draper on Mad Men…very stylish…LOL. I actually used to tear out the Oneida Ads from magazines, I seem to recall they always impressed me. My hubby and I got married in Texas (long story) so I feel a bit of a connection there too. Cheers.

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    • Hi Boomdeeadda. Thanks. My wife and I really enjoy the journeys. Meet fascinating people. That’s probably why we are living abroad. I am looking forward to exploring your blog too. I really enjoyed my 25 years working in the advertising profession. No two days were alike. And yes to the many questions I get, it was during the Mad Men days. Yes to question 2, it was really like that. I won’t say more. Looking forward to chatting again.


  9. Such great images! I’m lucky enough to go to Kenya next year on some fieldwork and seeing your work has made me so excited about the trip, really want to just get on the plane and go right now.

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  10. Harold, my partner is from upstate New York, very close to the Finger Lakes. Every time we’ve been back to visit his family, I’ve really enjoyed spending time in that part of the world, it’s beautiful especially in the fall. Your photos are fantastic, keep ’em coming! I’ve followed you back! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thank you for your very nice comments Peggy. The Fall and Spring are my favorite times to be in upstate New York. For sure, not the Winter unless you are a hockey buff or a skier. I have not been back for years as I live to far away now.


  11. Hi Harold! I was wondering if you would be interested in being my Abroad Blog of the Week for next Wednesday. If so, send me an email to elisehblalock [at] gmail.com and I’ll send you the details and questions. I look forward to hearing from you!

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  12. Thanks for checking out our Maasai Walking Safari blog site. Honestly we are so busy with field work and grant writing that I wonder when I’ll post again, so you might like to check us out on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MaasaiWalkingSafariKenya. Or why don’t you and your wife come on our volunteer project – Feb 10-24, 2013. All that is required is good health, a love for walking, wildlife, and adventuring, and a donation of $1650/person to the project (covers lodging, meals, transport in Kenya during the project).

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    • Dusti, thanks for the invite. If I was healthier and younger I would consider it. But I am older now and have a Stage 3 Cardiac condition. But, I sure will follow you with your images and stories.


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