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CAPTURING THE MOMENT

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The end of another year draws near, and what better way to celebrate than being able to share the news that Simon’s work has been featured in Capture Magazine – The Annual 2014, a showcase of the best photgraphy had to offer over the preceeding 12 months. Continue Reading →

SIMON’S RING OF FIRE

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New South Wales’ First City of Lights, Tamworth, was lit up by fire when Simon arrived there to shoot the new campaign for fashion label Glassons. Continue Reading →

STOP BEFORE IT GETS UGLY

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These powerful images, shot by Simon, made up the print component of the first NSW Government advertising campaign to focus specifically on curbing alcohol-fuelled violence. Continue Reading →

STORY SONGS AND PICTURES


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Teitur Lassen is a songwriter and musician of rare talent. His latest album, Story Music is a record that has a  subtle, almost fragile presence and yet is simultaneously possessed of a muscular musicality, with dense layers of musical fibres meshing together to build something incredibly powerful and hugely affecting.

The following interview to accompany Simon’s portaits took place in September 2014.

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IMAGE CAPTURE

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As part of a collaboration between Poet in the City and Lavender Hill Studios Simon’s father, the celebrated poet David Harsent, sat for portrait painter Nick Bashall. David is one of 10 poets painted by a range of artists, and the resulting portraits are on display before being auctioned at a later date. Simon took the opportunity to shoot a study of the work in progress – a photographer shooting a painter painting a poet. Three artists at different corners of the same triangle.

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FIERCE 4 RUGBY

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It used to be called murderball. You might think it obvious why the name was changed to Fierce 4 Rugby, but once you’ve watched Continue Reading →

OL’ MATE ORACLE

Forget Paul the psychic squid – his World Cup predictions were so 2010. This year, Ol’ Mate Oracle was the go-to guy for the lowdown on the low scores in Brazil, and this hilarious series of short films, directed by Simon, show the irresistible allure of the wise old sage in all his goal-predicting glory.

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THE NAKED AND THE NUDE

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In May, the artists from the POOL Collective joined forces for another group show at Darlinghurst’s Red Eye Gallery.

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3 OCEANS AFTER ROTHKO

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‘We start with colour.’ Mark Rothko

‘For years I have been fascinated by the paintings of Mark Rothko, in particular those that have come to be known as the multiforms. These bold paintings use great swathes of colour that inhabit the space in ways that create incredible tension and produce extreme emotional reactions. Well, they do with me.

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A LIFE IN PICTURES

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Simon had huge honour of giving a keynote talk at the Image Nation conference. A two-day event, this is New Zealand’s most highly anticipated date in the photo industry’s calendar.

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SIR HARRISON BIRTWISTLE BY SIMON HARSENT

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Born in 1934 in Accrington, near Manchester in the north of England, Sir Harrison Birtwistle has become of the UK’s most celebrated – and most important – composers. Continue Reading →

PARTY LIKE IT’S 1999

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They say that if you can remember the Sixties then you weren’t there and, for many, the same is true of the Glastonbury Festival held near Pilton in Somerset, England.

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HUFFINGTON POST : HAUNTING… BEAUTIFUL… ICEBERGS

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Not our words, but just three of the words that the Huffington Post used to describe Melt, Simon’s study of icebergs off the coast of Newfoundland. It’s a really lovely write up that takes into account Simon’s preoccupation with painting, and specifically the work of Mark Rothko.

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PRO PHOTOGRAPHER

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Land of geological extremes, breathtaking beauty and the Image Nation conference, New Zealand will be Simon’s destination next month as he prepares to give the Keynote speech on 14th of June!

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FATIGUE CAMPAIGN

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The Fatigue campaign was awarded in the advertising category for PDN Photo Annual 2014.

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THE BEAUTIFUL GAME EXHIBITION CATALOGUE AWARDED AT PDN

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TBG Exhibition Catalogue awarded at PDN

Not content with plaudits and recognition, Simon’s Beautiful Game is now an award winner! The catalogue for the exhibition was awarded at PDN. You can see for yourself here, and below are some shots of the catalogue itself – a step up from the football programmes you get in the UK, that’s for sure!

 

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WHITSTABLE TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB

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Whitstable is a small fishing town on England’s North Kent coast. Formerly a down-at-heel, ramshackle kind of place, it is now the (second) home to many weekend visitors from London who have been captivated by its charm and feel at more at home with every new shop selling overpriced second-hand furniture and boxes covered in shells. Continue Reading →

SEAMUS HEANEY 1939 – 2013

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Simon was fortunate enough to get the chance to photograph the great poet Seamus Heaney at his home in Ireland shortly before his death.

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MELT EXHIBITION AT THE EDMUND PEARCE GALLERY

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Icebergs spotted in Melbourne!

While most of Australia sweated it out in a record-breaking heatwave, a cold front was moving into Melbourne in February as the Edmund Pearce gallery became the latest to host Simon’s Melt exhibition. It ran from February 5 to March 1 with the official opening on Feb 6.

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BULLEIT BOURBON

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Bulleit Bourbon: Create Wilderness out of Empire.

AD: Ben Alden     ECD: Andy DiLallo

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MELT FEATURED IN SLATE

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Melt was featured in ‘Slate’. See it here.

THE BEAUTIFUL GAME: EXHIBITION OPENING

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On the 3 October 2013, the great and the good (and a few who fall outside these categories) gathered at Black Eye Gallery, Sydney, for the opening night of Simon Harsent’s exhibition, The Beautiful Game.

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FABLES OF CHANGE

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To Russia with Love

From the Ilulissat Icefjord to the East Coast of Newfoundland… and now to Russia. The iceberg’s journey continues. Continue Reading →

WHITE CUBE

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“In the calmest sea, in the stillest waters, there is always movement.”

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A DOUBLE TAKE WITH CANON INSPIRED

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The Lucie Awards are a pretty prestigious affair, now into their 11th year and celebrating the very best in international photography. So it’s with no little amount of pride that we can report that Simon was nominated for one this year for his work on the print campaign for Canon’s Inspired series…

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TIFO

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Tifo, a magazine dedicated to football, features an interview with Simon in the first issue. He talks about his love for the game and about his ongoing body of work, The Beautiful Game.

 

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RE: GENERATIONS

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Tony Visconti is one of the most well-known and admired music producers on the face of the Earth. As well as overseeing recordings by artists as wide-ranging as Iggy Pop, Thin Lizzy and Morrissey, he famously produced the most revered albums of David Bowie’s career. Continue Reading →

A RUM DIARY

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“The shot for Masters Distillers was born out of the idea of craftsmanship,” Simon explains of the campaign for a top-drawer campaign for Master Distillers Collective’s top-shelf Bundaberg rum, of which this is the end result.

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GUIDE DOGS: TAKING A CLEARER VIEW

Simon’s latest dabble in directing is a series of commercials for Guide Dogs Australia that sit alongside the print campaign. Continue Reading →

WHO IS ETHAN H MINSKER?

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On the surface, we know this of Ethan H Minsker: he is a man, and founding member of the Antagonist Art Movement – a project borne out of the sort of punk DIY ethos that was given a new lease of life through the 1980s hardcore scenes, most notably in Washington, D.C. We know that he is an accomplished, published novelist, artist and film-maker. We know all this. Through Simon Harsent’s evocative portraits and the words of Ethan himself, we hope to find out more. Why? Because art needs people like Ethan to flourish… That’s why.

 

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