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burn grab Arles interviewDuring Arles Photo Festival in the south of France, i found myself sitting in a nice little side-walk cafe, drinking a cold beer and chatting with Magnum‘s David Alan Harvey. We were talking photography and he interviewed me about ‘The Middle of Somewhere‘ for Burn magazine.  David has been a long time supporter of my work and has given me sage advice when i’ve needed it most. It was a nice way to summarise my long-term project and a great honour.


Bondi Diary… (based on a true story)

David Alan Harvey, photographer, mentor, book publisher, magazine editor and big time party dude came to Sydney a couple of weeks ago.  The Head On Photo Festival launched his ‘based on a true story’ book and exhibition as well as the Burn 02 in Print exhibition.

For me, David’s visit was special for many reasons… firstly, we finally got to meet ‘in real life’… then there was the chance for fellow Burn photographers to all meet (many for the first time off-line) and share ideas, passion for photography and good times.

Most special was the gathering of the team that helped David create the book. They came from all over the globe to Sydney to celebrate the book launch. Bryan Harvey who designed it, Eva – Maria Kunz, production manager, Candy Pilar Godoy, production / assistant photo editor, Roberta Tavares, fixer / production in Rio. Candy & Roberta also feature in the book.

David, always taking photographs… Bondi, Sydney 2012 – Photo © Sam Harris

Michelle & Niki – Bondi, Sydney 2012 – Photo © Sam Harris

Kerry –  Bondi, Sydney 2012 – Photo © Sam Harris

Bryan – Bondi, Sydney 2012 – Photo © Sam Harris

Candy – Bondi, Sydney 2012 – Photo © Sam Harris

Roberta.- Bondi, Sydney 2012 – Photo © Sam Harris

Roberta – Bondi, Sydney 2012 – Photo © Sam Harris

Celebration time…  – Bondi, Sydney 2012 – Photo © Sam Harris

Cheers! – Bondi, Sydney 2012 – Photo © Sam Harris

‘based on a true story’, blends fact with fiction to create a Novella that you can take apart and rebuild… it’s analog, interactive and 3d. there are even clues and a map to help you unravel the story hidden within… You have to hold it, feel it, pour over it, get inside it, take it apart, rebuild it, live it, smell it, caress it and then it all makes sense… Fresh, Sensual, Sexy, Killer, Dope… David leads by example, he could just sit back and talk about past glories, but that’s not David’s style… he’s out there doing it, living it. Now, right now… Ideas happen… ‘based on a true story’ is the living proof ; )) This book is an absolute classic. His best yet! And the very best thing about ‘based on a true story’ IS the PHOTOGRAPHY.

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It was also an honor to be asked by David to present my Postcards from Home series to his students during his 5 day Master Class…

But beyond all that, the best part of the experience for me was the friendships forged during my time in Sydney. I feel so lucky to have met so many special people in such a short time. Thank you David for bringing us all together and being such a generous host!

Burn Magazine…

Burn Magazine – April 2011

Postcards from Home is on Burn Magazine. I have been utterly humbled by the response… Working away in relative isolation, as i do,  it’s an odd experience to actually put the work out there and to receive such feedback. To have the opportunity to share insights and reflections…

The community at Burn have always been a source of inspiration for me. The generous spirit (a few months ago one photographer actually gave away a Nikon D200 he no longer used to a practical stranger) that surely is an echo of David Alan Harvey‘s own generous spirit. Always helping others, giving his valuable personal time, helping with editing and mentoring photographers from across the planet and sharing his tremendous wealth of experience. The man is a human dynamo, with an infectious enthusiasm for photography and life!

So, thanks Burn and David for giving me the opportunity to share my evolving personal work…