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Head On back home…

There were so many highlights over the few weeks i was in Sydney. One, without a doubt, was the weekend seminar held at the National Art School. Being part of the RockNRoll panel alongside Tony Mott, Sophie Howarth and Tali Udovitch was a great experience and a lot of fun. I also received some wonderful feedback on my talk ‘Transition – from London to the Bush’, it’s great to know that the life you lead can inspire others… It was also fascinating listening to other photographers sharing their own perspectives and experiences. I particularly enjoyed Claire Martin, Eliza Gregory, Glenn Lockitch and Tobias Titz talking about Social Justice – Photography with a Cause, Tim Hixson‘s – Photographic Mistakes and Accidents, Stephen Dupont talking about Handmade Artist Books and Richard Kendall & Eleanor Bell’s – Telling the Story Online…

Ying Ang hanging ‘Built’ at Global gallery, Sydney 2011 © Sam Harris

With shows opening almost every night i met a lot of photographers from all over Australia as well as a fair few from abroad. Mix that with never ending trays of wine… a recipe for a good time!

One vivid opening night was at Blender gallery for The Ballad of John & Yoko – Falling in Love by Ethan Russell. The Falls performed from a bed in the window of the gallery and of course Ethan’s beautiful and intimate photographs. One unforgettable show was Gilbert Garcin’s The Man who is an Image. A wonderful collection of surrealist photos by an 80 year old who only began to photograph after his retirement! Inspiring stuff…

The Falls do a ‘Bed In’ for Ethan Russell’s John & Yoko @ Blender gallery, Sydney 2011 © Sam Harris

Visiting the Camera Obscura in Centennial Park was something special and all credit to Head On for getting it together. I didn’t expect to be quite as excited by the giant camera as i was. Stepping inside was a great experience… sitting inside a camera, looking at the park upside down… The wonderful thing was seeing just how many passers-by came in to try it out and were totally captivated. Old skool for the masses!

The giant walk in Camera Obscura, Canon Hill, Centennial Park, Sydney 2011 © Sam Harris

Inside the machine… Camera Obscura, Centennial Park, Sydney 2011 © Sam Harris

Finally… another great show was Trent Parke‘s 10 year retrospective at Delmar Gallery. Fantastic to see so many large scale prints from his various projects all under one roof, as well as several of his handmade books…

Discussing camping trips around Australia with Moshe Rosenzveig & Trent Parke, Sydney 2011 © Sam Harris

Full Circle…

Over the past week or so i’ve been pulling many boxes out the cupboard and digging through my archive… looking at old prints and contact sheets, some of which i haven’t seen for many years. Lots of memories and a few surprises too.

It’s all in preparation for my upcoming talk ‘ Transition – from London to the Bush’ at the Head On seminar weekend. It’s been an enjoyable experience rediscovering old work. It’s seems a shame that so many years work, so many prints must live hidden away in darkness and isolation… Maybe one day i’ll do an exhibition of everything, just thumb tacked to the walls…

The image below is one of my earliest and still a favourite. Uma asked me if i did it on Photoshop… none of that! This was in the 80’s… way before my first Mac. Darkroom days & nights,  chemicals,  experimentation, mistakes…  It taught me early on the magic of the ‘happy accident’, which for me is at the core of what makes photography so special.

Will, shot on Polaroid Type 55 plus some darkroom shenanigans… London 1989 © Sam Harris

Another blast from the past was pulling out a box of my first session with Beth Orton. I worked with Beth several times, always good fun and inspirational… During my talk i’ll be dedicating some time to showing lots of images from our various sessions in London and the US…

Beth Orton – in her London flat  1997        © Sam Harris

Both my talks are on Saturday 14th May at Sydney’s National Art School, Darlinghurst. At 11 am i’ll be joining photographers Tony Mott (who’s toured with the Stones, Dylan and McCartney to name just a few),  Sophie Howarth (she’s been covering The Big Day Out since it started) and the gallerist Tali Udovich for a panel discussion…Should be fun! I’m looking forward to meeting them all and hearing some of their stories…  My ‘Transition’ talk will be at 2pm…

Postcards to Sydney…

Yael & the washing, 2008 from ‘Postcards from Home’ © Sam Harris

Great news!

I’ve been invited to exhibit Postcards from Home as part of the Sydney Head On Photo Festival 2011. The festival runs through May. Postcards will be a solo show at Global Gallery in Paddington. 6th – 15th May. Four other photographers (Natalie Grono, Ying Ang, Eliza Gregory & Kelly-Ann Denton) will also be showing in  Global’s other rooms…  So Friday 6th promises to be a good night!

Trent Parke will be exhibiting his first retrospective (last 10 years) at the festival, that’s one show not to be missed…

I have also been asked to join a few other photographers talking at the weekend seminar 14-15th May (details tbc).

So plenty to keep me busy over the next couple of months. I’ve got a great team working with me on the exhibition and lots of ideas to execute… more on that, as and when… Over the coming weeks i’ll  be sharing my progress here, from the planning all the way to Sydney and the opening night. Should be fun!

More soon…