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Australia Now: Sam Harris - The Middle of Somewhere

From the Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2015

by Claire Monneraye

The Ballarat International Foto Biennale is closing on Sunday 20 September. Make sure not to miss some of the highlights of this year’s festival. The Core Program includes 20 exhibitions and more than 200 artists feature in the Fringe Program. There is certainly something for everyone to enjoy.


Pick #2 Sam Harris, The Middle of Somewhere 

The Middle of Somewhere is a refreshing and intense project by self-taught photographer Sam Harris. 

Throughout the 1990s, Harris worked as an editorial portrait and features photographer for leading UK publications such as The Sunday Times Magazine, Esquire, Telegraph Magazine and Dazed & Confused. In the early 2000s, the over commercialisation of the music industry and the shift of the photographic world led him to leave the busy city life of London with his family to travel and eventually settle in the remote forests of Western Australia.

The Middle of Somewhere is one part of the ongoing photographic family diary that Harris began when he and his wife decided to reassess their lives. For around 12 years, he has photographed his family, especially his two daughters, Uma and Yali, as they were growing up. A celebration of childhood, family and life, Harris’ images are full of joy and energy, but nonetheless convey a form of subtle fragility. Recording the fleeting beauties of everyday life, each frame seems to carry the melancholic music of the time that ineluctably passes.

If you have missed the exhibition, the book published by CEIBA is even more exquisite. Including handwritten notes, a family travel diary from a trip to India, drawings and poems, the publication presents the family’s intimate visual story with a rare generosity and spontaneity and yet a delicate distance.






 All images are © Sam Harris