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Better Photography Magazine India

Recently i was interviewed for Better Photography Magazine, India. The November 2018 issue is a special edition featuring 6 photographers who make photographs from home. I am delighted to be included, it’s both humbling and gratifying that my family work is still seen as relevant more than 3 years after publishing my book The Middle of Somewhere. I spoke with Conchita Fernandes about my photographic process and how it’s evolved over the years, along with my relationship with my daughters. You can read the on-line version here

Read the On-Line version here

 

 

Interview – Bird in Flight Magazine – Russia

Interview with Olga Bubich for the Russian photography & visual culture magazine ‘Bird in Flight’. We discussed parenthood, photography and my photobook The Middle of Somewhere.

YOU CAN READ THE INTERVIEW HERE

NOTE: At the time of writing (Oct 30th 2018) it’s not yet translated to english, but google translate does a reasonably good job…

EXHIBITION IN BUENOS AIRES

The Middle of Somewhere will be exhibited at Festival de la Luz, Argentina.The Encuentros AbiertosFestival de la Luz is the biggest event of its kind in Latin America, with exhibitions of national and foreign artists in museums, cultural centers, and art spaces across Argentina.

I will also be presenting ‘The Photobook Process’ at the EAF Argentina School of Photography,

and delivering my talk ‘From London to the Bush’ at Centro Cultural mas acá, 4th August, 18:00hrs.

My trip to Argentina is made possible with the support of the Western Australian Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

 

 

 

PERTH TALK & SLIDESHOW – Sunday 1st July

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Come along to this educational talk from professional photographer Sam Harris. Hear about his journey from living his dream to become a professional photographer in the fast paced lifestyle of Central London’s music scene. At the height of his career he then took his family away from London to the Australian bush to recapture his passion for photography. This journey was recorded and turned into an award winning book – The Middle of Somewhere.

The Middle of Somewhere was a finalist at the POYi Awards for Best Photography Book, won the Australian Photobook of the Year 2015 People’s Choice Award, won the AIPP Book of the Year 2016, was a finalist at Les Rencontres d’Arles Book Award 2015 and at GuatePhoto Festival, Photo Espana, Athens Photo Festival, and Ceiba won the LUCIE Award for book publisher of the year 2015!

Sam’s journey, the equipment he used, how he met his clients, curated his award winning book, all will be revealed in this inspirational talk, aptly named from London to the Bush.

SUNDAY 1ST JULY 2018 6-8PM.

Shoot Photography Workshop,

232 Stirling St, Perth

MORE INFO AND TICKETS CLICK HERE

 

FAEMA 70th anniversary EXHIBITION at MUMAC Milan, Italy.

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FAEMA is a  historical brand renowned for it’s coffee machines of the highest quality. To celebrate their 70th anniversary eight photographers from around the world were commissioned to interpret the FAEMA brand and to celebrate the global presence and appreciation of the great Italian espresso tradition.

I photographed Australian coffee culture with Vittoria coffee in Sydney. The resulting images were part of the ‘Express your Art‘ exhibition at MUMAC (Museum of the coffee machine) Milan, Italy.

 

 

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It’s hard to make a corporate project artistic,” – “But we managed to do so just because the images spoke volumes. For example, Sam Harris chose the endless sea in Australia as the backdrop for almost dreamlike compositions that conjure up universal images. In his intimate style, when capturing personal family moments he let himself be inspired by the colours and sensations that the locations evoked within him, thus transporting us as observers there too.”

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PHOTO EYE – BOOK OF THE WEEK

Photo-Eye, the renowned US photobook store and blog recently featured The Middle of Somewhere  as it’s book of the week with a lovely review by Daniel Boetker-Smith (Director of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive).

“I was asked by someone yesterday to describe Harris’ book in one sentence, I said without thinking: ‘it’s like looking at a Super-8 film in book form.’ This is a unique and special book.”

You can read the full review here.

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BIRTH OF A PHOTOBOOK!!

Creating a Photobook (Part 2)

Well… after a very long and sometimes painful labour we are delighted, deliriously excited, most honoured and grateful to announce the birth of our 1 pound and 12 ounces baby… It’s a book!

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The Middle of Somewhere, Numbered edition of 600. Essay by Alasdair Foster, two inserts; Travelogue & No Yesterdays (from Yael’s diary) , hand made notes. Cover art by Uma Harris

 The Middle of Somewhere has been a long journey, an on-going family diary that revolves around my two daughters growing up.

It’s been 12 years since we were first living in India and i begun to photograph my family life. I suppose i became enchanted with the magic of childhood and the playful, creative possibilities that open up. I wanted to forget so much that had become formulaic about the way i approached photography. After more than a decade working in London, shooting album covers and editorial portraits, one develops a way of working. I wanted to undo all that, to forget what i knew, reconnect with my true self and start all over. So… i suppose it’s fitting that i found myself connecting with my childhood through the prism of my daughters. That they became my muses and my work began to crystallise.

It’s been a personal and photographic journey into the unknown, a personal diary, watching my daughters’ childhood unfold, trying as best i can to catch the magic and all the while aware that time is slipping.

ONE IDEA LEADS TO ANOTHER…

Originally we had a very different idea for the cover of the book. Part of the magic of any creative process is its evolution. Being flexible and open minded helps the process grow. It was an exciting moment when we decided to ask Uma to do the art work for the cover, based on another piece of art she’d made for us. Below you can see a brief clip of Uma at work.

IT’S ALL PART OF THE PROCESS

I’ve been talking with Eva-Maria Kunz about making this book for a few years now. Making a photobook is not something to be rushed. Ideas need time to grow. Some grow nicely, others fail. It’s all part of the process. Bouncing ideas… In earnest we began work on the book in September 2014. We met up at The Photobook Museum, Cologne, to start planning a schedule as well as mapping out our ideas and dreams, the vision for the book. You can read more about that here.

Fast Forward to April 2015, it’s time to print the book! Another long flight to Italy, to EBS, (the master book printers that will help us ‘deliver’ this baby…) It’s a trip that can’t be avoided. The photographer has to check the proofs and work closely with the printers to ensure the images look just right. .

PICTURE THE SCENE, THE LABOUR’S BEEN GOING FOR MORE THAN 24 HOURS…

I’ve been pacing up and down the corridor, in and out of every chair in the waiting room. Anxiety turns to frustration to boredom as you wait for nurse Silvia to pop her head in the door and say ‘ok they want you down on press’ – meanwhile your fingers are chewed down to the bone as you wait …. Soon … Come on…. What’s taking them so long… The afternoon drifts towards the evening… How many coffees have I had today…. and so it goes…

Pre-Sales for The Middle of Somewhere have begun over at ceiba. This really is all about the love we have for photobooks. Making the book has been a real labour of love, a roller-coaster ride that’s not quite over yet!

BOOK PREVIEW COMING SOON!

SELECTED BY DUNCAN MILLER GALLERY – LA

I’m very proud to announce that ‘Uma, steamy window’ has been selected for YourDaillyPhotograph.com.

Uma, steamy window © Sam Harris

Uma, steamy window © Sam Harris (from the book The Middle of Somewhere)

Duncan Miller Gallery, curators have chosen my image for inclusion into YourDailyPhotograph.com. They select a very small percentage of photographs submitted, saying “You’re in good company — in the recent past images from Henri Cartier-Bresson, Andreas Gursky, Richard Misrach, Andre Kertesz, Edward Burtynsky and other photography legends have appeared in Your Daily Photograph”

Uma, steamy window is on sale at a very special price for the next 24 hours (May 9th). You can check it out here.

THE BIFB COLLECTION 2014

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One of my images has been accepted for the BIFB COLLECTION 2014, an annual fundraiser for the Ballarat International Foto Biennale.  For now, I can’t tell you what my image is, as all works are hung anonymously, and that would be letting the cat out of the bag, but all images in the show are for sale at the one price $125.

You can purchase a red dot at http://www.trybooking.com/92603  which also includes entry into the event at Gallery Eleven40, 1140 Malvern Road, Malvern, Victoria, starting at noon on Sunday August 31st. The event runs until around 4.00pm. All the details are at the website
http://eleven40.com.au/photography-exhibitions/bifb-collection-2014.html

DUNCAN MILLER GALLERY, LOS ANGELES

Los Angeles’ Duncan Miller Gallery has featured one of my images on their innovative Your Daily Photograph, print collection sale. ‘Uma, bubble gum’ was selected by curator and photography commentator Alison Sieven-Taylor. Alison’s weekly blog Photojournalism Now has a wide international readership and her writing appears in  a variety of leading photography magazines.

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ARCHIVE DISCOVERY

3 totally unrelated requests in recent weeks have had me searching through my archives. Boxes that should be better organised… but in that chaos there is the magic of surprises. I came across this photograph buried at the bottom of a box of old portfolio prints. Taken in 1994 it’s been a while… nice surprise!

Photo © Sam Harris

Photo © Sam Harris

PRESENTATION – NATIONAL CENTRE PERFORMING ARTS, MUMBAI

I’m most honoured and grateful to be showing my new work, The Middle of Somewhere and talking with Dinesh Khanna and Raj Lalwani about my photographic journey, following my passion and my long relationship with India.
So, if you’re in Mumbai or can get there for next Sunday (8th Dec) it would be great to see you! Piramal Art Gallery, National Centre Performing Arts, 3.45pm Cold beers and further conversation will no doubt follow…

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BETTER CELLPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY

In May 2013 i was in Sydney to give a talk at The Museum of Sydney. The Future of Photobooks was a panel discussion and part of the Head On Photo Festival.

It was an honour to sit along side Dan Rule, director of Perimeter Editions, Paulina DeLaveaux, publishing manager of Thames & Hudson, Kim Hungerford from the wonderful Sydney book store Kinokuniya and Libby Jeffery from Momento Pro.

Whilst walking the streets of Sydney i photographed quite a bit with my iPhone. I’m getting more and more addicted to shooting with it. I find it comfortable and fun to work with, unobtrusive, silent and always at hand… One evening i got caught out in the rain. Without an umbrella i found a doorway to shelter in and began shooting the passers by in the rain, enjoying the light flair, reflections, splashes and general chaos the sudden heavy rain caused.

 

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© Sam Harris – my Instagram from Sydney on the cover of Better Cellphone Photography

Fast forward a month… i received an email from Better Photography magazine in India. They were putting together a special issue on Cellphone photography, had seen my images on Instagram and wanted to use a couple.

So when you post to Instagram it doesn’t have to be the end of the story… It’s surprising where it can take you… I think it’s a fun and fresh way to share images that otherwise might just sit in a hard drive… you never know who’s watching and where it can lead to…

 

left a beautiful Instagram by David Alan Harvey, right my Instagram uncropped, above photo by Priyanka Chharia

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another of my Instagrams from Sydney used for the editorial page – © Sam Harris

MEDIEVAL CARNIVAL WORKSHOP

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Once a year my adopted home town of Balingup, Western Australia is transformed for the weekend as it hosts the Balingup Medieval Carnival. Thousands of people from across the country visit our tiny town and most are dressed in hand-made, meticulously crafted period costume. What better scenario for a photography workshop…

We set up a portrait tent aka Ye Olde Portrait Booth and offered free portraits for all. Above you can view some of our favourites in a slideshow. So while you’re waiting for the next episode of Game of Thrones, don’t despair, just sit back, turn the volume up and check out my student’s portraits of the marvellous characters of the Balingup Medieval Carnival.

INSTAGRAM LOVE…

Sean... first fire of the season

Balingup, Sean & the first fire of the season ©Sam Harris 2013

I am perhaps a bit late to the party, but recently i’ve been playing with my iPhone and Instagram and loving it! For me it’s an opportunity to be more spontaneous with my photography, expand my diary and share images that would otherwise just sit in a hard drive.

This is a welcome change for me as usually my work process is much slower. With my family work, Postcards from Home and the new series The Middle of Somewhere I’ll often wait a year or more before trawling through my archive to discover what i have.

But it’s not only about shooting and sharing… Instagram is also about staying in touch and seeing  what other photographers are up to. It’s a fun way to communicate…

Take a look on Instagram – samharrisphoto and check out those i follow…

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Bali ©Sam Harris 2013

Bali ©Sam Harris 2013

Bali ©Sam Harris 2013

when the ink runs out... print error ©Sam Harris 2013

when the ink runs out… print error ©Sam Harris 2013

Balingup ©Sam Harris 2013

Balingup ©Sam Harris 2013

Perth ©Sam Harris 2013

Perth ©Sam Harris 2013

Bali ©Sam Harris 2013

Bali ©Sam Harris 2013

RECENTLY…

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#1 © Sam Harris 2012

I’ve been beginning the process of editing my next series ‘the middle of somewhere’.

Meanwhile i’m always shooting and these are a few I took recently. I’m not sure yet which ones i’ll end up using if any… but something i always find interesting is the process of selection and elimination and the idea of finding the definitive image from a sequence… the one shot… Sometimes i feel the sequence itself has something more to reveal, something else more akin to the flow of cinema… any thoughts on this?

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#3 © Sam Harris 2012

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#4 © Sam Harris 2012

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#5 © Sam Harris 2012

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© Sam Harris 2012

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#10 © Sam Harris 2012

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#11 © Sam Harris 2012

NIGHT WALK

Jana Zilcayova, New Delhi – Photo Sam Harris © 2012

McLeod Ganj – Photo Sam Harris © 2012

McLeod Ganj – Photo Sam Harris © 2012

McLeod Ganj – Photo Sam Harris © 2012

McLeod Ganj – Photo Sam Harris © 2012

McLeod Ganj – Photo Sam Harris © 2012

McLeod Ganj – Photo Sam Harris © 2012

Night bus to Delhi – Sam Harris © 2012

McLeod Ganj for me will always be McCloud Ganj… this small town nestled high in Indian Himalayas is after all cloud covered much of the time. But also McLeod Ganj is home to the Tibetans in exile, dreams and prayers fill the air as a people led by the Dali Lama hope to one day return home. So again, the cloud for me always symbolic with dreams and perhaps prayers too, comes to mind. I like to call the place McCloud Ganj…

I was there to convalesce and feeling weak i didn’t have much energy for anything, even photography… However, the night before i left, feeling better and hanging around the town square, buzzing with life as the weekend Punjabi tourists filled the night air with noisy excitement, a flash of colour caught my eye and out came my camera.  Most of the above photos were made in a burst of about 10 minutes as i walked through town.

Power Cut…

The week that time slowed down…

Uma © Sam Harris 2012

Last weekend started peacefully enough with a hearty dinner party over at Sean and Sandy’s on Saturday night. But on Sunday afternoon a big storm blew in, tearing down trees, power lines and telephone lines. Even mobile phones lost their signal.

Don with Sean trying out the new tea trolly, late last Saturday night… © Sam Harris 2012

Yali © Sam Harris 2012

For four days we were without any power. No school, no work, no phones, no computer, no internet! Pretty much the whole region closed down. The car’s radio was our only connection to the outside world. We were forced back to basics and as if by magic time slowed down and everything was special. We had real-time to spend together. We played board games by the fireside and when the grey of dusk arrived we lit candles and ate a feast of leftovers from the melting fridge in flickering candle light. I found it interesting how quickly we adapted to natures rhythm… It reminded us of our time living in rural India and of how beautiful life can be when we simplify it, focusing only on the present and on each other… Maybe we should all have a non electric day more often : ))

Uma… © Sam Harris 2012

Uma © Sam Harris 2012

Yali © Sam Harris 2012

Uma & Yali in the bamboo… © Sam Harris 2012

Cross town traffic on the farm… Yali, Yael, Uma & John © Sam Harris 2012

Yali… © Uma Harris 2012

LA riots – 20 years ago…

Otto, Los Angeles, 1992 © Sam Harris

It’s hard to believe it’s 20 years ago that i was living in Los Angeles… After traveling in Asia with my mate Will we flew into LA to meet another good friend, Jimo, who was working there at the time. Next thing i knew we’d all moved into this art deco apartment and… well, good times…

I have many memories from those days… The LA riots being one of them…

The second day of the riots the action moved from South Central up to Hollywood where we were living. There was an immediate curfew and nothing to do but go up onto the roof of our apartment building and watch Hollywood burn all around us. I took my camera, loaded with a roll of Polaroid PolaGraph and took this shot of our neighbor Otto.

Otto was a character and a half. He always wore the face mask and slippers with parcel tape soles. I remember when we moved into the apartment building we had to get the basement key from Otto to let the meter guy take a reading. We knocked on Otto’s door and he opened the small 1920’s speak easy style peep-hole and fed the key to us on a very long piece of string… It was all very David Lynch…

Sunday 29th April marks the twenty year anniversary of the LA riots. The acquittal of four white LAPD officers who savagely beat Rodney King an African-American man and were caught on video was the tipping point.

Waka’s Place…

We recently visited Broke Inlet for a weekend with Sean & Sandy…

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Broke Inlet –  © Sam Harris 2011

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WORDS BY SANDY MITCHELL

My Grandfather Wally Wilson, a gentle man, first brought his sons Waka & Don to Broke Inlet when they were children. After much fishing, camping around fires and exploring, a fishing shack was finally erected in the 1950’s. This provided an excellent base to moor the dinghy. You could cruise down the inlet to inspect fishing nets or check to see if the sandbar had broken its banks for the winter, flushing in new fish and generally giving the inlet a fresh lease of life.

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Arriving at the sandbar – Broke Inlet –  © Sam Harris 2011

The sandbar at Broke Inlet – © Sam Harris 2011

Uma & Sandy baiting the line – © Sam Harris 2011

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Only reachable by boat the isolation of the hut has a certain romance– a place to read and paint or sit around the fire ’til the wee hours with good company and red wine (or Muscat in my fathers case!) Breakfasts the following morning with freshly caught Bream and lemon are hard to beat too.

The wallpaper inside the shack always provides a bit of amusement as its mostly compiled of old playboy centerfolds from the 60’s and 70’s! Set off nicely with a dartboard and the odd regional map. It is a place where rules are broken, you don’t have to wash if you don’t feel like it – you can eat when you want and it doesn’t matter if you make a mess, its all just easy.

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Uma – Broke Inlet – © Sam Harris 2011

Yali, Uma, Yael Sandy, Sean & Jasper – Broke Inlet – © Sam Harris 2011

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I remember my father Don, telling me when he was a boy, on a still night you could hear the breakers from down the inlet softly thumping their barrels onto the pristine sand where the ocean meets the mouth.  The mouth that was to unfortunately claim the life of his older brother Waka. In their 70’s and 80’s by now Waka and Don had gone down in their dinghy to inspect the sandbar. Not long after it had broken, they were sucked out to sea; Dad made a leap for a solid piece of sand just in the nick of time. He will never forget the image of his brother sitting at the helm with his hand on the rudder, charging head on into a massive wave. He was never seen again…

Broke Inlet has been a place to bring friends and rejoice in the simple things of life. A pastime I know Dad and Waka have put to task! But I have a healthy respect for the place as it can be the calmest of millponds to the full Tempest. It has an ability to change before your eyes– you never quite know what nature will throw at you.

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Sean, Sandy and Jasper – Broke Inlet – © Sam Harris 2011

Weekend Away…

Weekends… time for family, time for friends… time to switch off, to recharge, time for reflection…

or maybe a party…

With less than 4 weeks until the start of Head On festival in Sydney, there’s a lot to do, too much to do. Lists grow as fast as they are ticked off… the pressure quietly builds. Sometimes the best thing to do is take a brief step back, switch off, get some perspective. This past weekend we drove to the coast to celebrate our dear friend Elaine‘s 40th birthday. A few friends, a beach shack of a house, freshly caught fish, wine, song and dance. The perfect way to celebrate wonderful Elaine’s birthday, re-generate, and take a few snaps…

Elaine, the birthday girl... 2011 © Sam Harris

Elaine's Party. 2011

Party people. 2011 © Sam Harris

Elsa You Tubing the mix... 2011 © Sam Harris

As spring arrives…

I still can’t quite get my head around an October spring. The days are longer, warmer and filled with bird song.  The ubiquitous wildflowers are in bloom and every evening an army of frogs croak from the dam.  Sure enough summer is coming…

Uma does the spring thing... 2010

But the dams are all more than half empty. So are the rain-tanks that we all have attached to our roofs here. This winter we’ve had very little heavy rain. Coming from London I never thought I’d find myself waiting for the rain!

Uma sketching on a bamboo sheath. 2010

So now we must prepare for a long, hot (and dry) summer. We’ve already started re-cycling water. Collecting our shower water into tubs to put on the garden. This summer’s veggie patch will have to be smaller. These are the facts of life here in Balingup and no doubt elsewhere on the planet…

So, something to think about next time the tap is running… Will water soon become the ultimate commodity? or is it our right?

The view over our half empty dam. The level should be up to the tree line... 2010

 

 

Who would have thought?

by Yael Harris.

I am not a nostalgic person.

Uma weaving a crown of leaves, last summer. 2010

But somehow, just a few weeks ago, it was Amy Rafael who triggered this big flashback or realisation. It’s around ten years ago that we sat – Sam and I – back in England, around the kitchen table in Queens Park, feeling things weren’t quite right, wanting more out of life.

Sam was at the time doing weekly photo shoots and constantly busy and I was always tired mothering Uma, who was just a few months old and wanted constant stimulation.

Uma on route to the Andaman Islands. India 2003.

Could I imagine myself camping on a desert island in the middle of a storm (relaxed and laughing)? Or living in an Indian village doing the washing up squatting on the ground (with chickens pecking at the dishes)? Could I imagine having my second baby in a small village in India without electricity, facilities or a doctor on site? Could I imagine myself watering thousands of seedlings in a native tree nursery deep in the forest in Australia (with baby Yali in the back pack)? Could I imagine myself in ten years time living in a neighbourhood of trees and Kangaroos? With no television??? I surely couldn’t.

But I had the notion that things are possible. That everything is possible. During these long sessions around the kitchen table, talking, dreaming, we made a big decision. We wanted to spend more time together as a family. The little seed was planted. We are leaving. Where to? To travel for a long time. Where will we end up? Ideally in a warm place, with nature close by and a good community. This is as far as we got in our minds. And how are we going to do it? What about our careers??  What about our loved family and our precious friends?  We will have to find the way…

And indeed we did. It took us more than two years to fold our life, to make the many small steps towards actually leaving. Uma was almost three when we were on the way to the airport with one-way tickets to India and a very open mind.

The Dosa learning curve... Yael & Uma, Delhi 2003

So much has happened since… endless amount of adventures and learning curves. The further we travelled in time, the less we needed. How little we really need was the biggest lesson. When quality time is in abundance, when food is available locally and we have a simple roof over our heads, when we are together and we experience things first hand – we have all we need.

And Uma… she is almost 11 now… Looking back at the four birthdays she celebrated in India, the many friendships she has made along the way and all the experiences she soaked up – I am so pleased. I think that one of the biggest lessons for her in many ways was that changes are a part of life and there is nothing scary about them. Home is where the heart is. Full stop. And people… they are so different one from another and she accepts them for who they are. That’s enough nostalgia for one day… Do you ever sit around the kitchen table dreaming and scheming? I’m very interested to hear your reflections…

Uma by the swimming dam last summer. 2010.

To view a selection of photos from our journey please visit The Routineless Routine