So, Simon’s keynote talk at Image Nation went well. Keeping in line with recurring themes in his work, he spoke about the paths he has taken and the movement made, using his photographs as key markers, signposting important paths…
The lines between public and personal for Simon are often blurred, sometimes non-existent, so much does his work inform his life and his life his work. This was reflected in his choice of images and the genuine pleasure he felt in being given the chance to talk about them.
Huge thanks to the AIPA who flew Simon out to NZ to give the lecture and also to Jocelen Janon for the photos.
Sofa, so good… (sorry)
A portrait by the artist
Sorry John, are we keeping you up?
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!
As a precursor to this welcome turn of events (it’s one hell of an honour!) the latest edition of Pro Photographer in NZ has an article about him written by Lottie Hedley. It’s well worth a look if you can get hold of a copy!
It also includes a sneak preview of an exciting new project that Simon’s been working on (the portrait above), but more of that another time…
There’s more news in the offing, so keep checking back to find out the latest.
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!
Huge congratulations to Simon and art director/designer Heidi Romano. And to some bloke called Barnaby who wrote the words.
In more PDN-related news, Simon also scored in the Advertising category with a hard-hitting campaign (and we mean that literally, just look at the state of this car) warning of the dangers of driving while fatigued. Congratulations here also go out to art director Dean Mortensen at GPY&R
And there you have it – a nice upbeat end to the week. Enjoy the weekend and keep checking back as there’s more exciting news coming soon…
HAUNTING… BEAUTIFUL… ICEBERGS
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, but don’t take our word for it, you can see for yourself here.
And, if you’ve not seen them yet, here’s a hint of what you’ve been missing…
And there’s more of this right here.
Forget the recent, record-breaking heatwave, a cold front is moving in to Melbourne from February as the Edmund Pearce gallery becomes the latest to host Simon’s Melt exhibition. It runs from February 5 to March 1 with the opening night on Feb 6 if you happen to be in the area.
And while we’ve got your attention, it’s as good a chance as any to remind you all that POOL Collective issue 05 is at the iTunes store now and waiting for you to download it for free! Simon has a grand total of three projects featured: an interview with and portrait of award-winning artist Brigita Ozolins, a piece on founder of the Antangonist Art Movement, Ethan H. Minsker, and a new collection, White Cube which reprises themes integral to his past work and pushes them forwards, relentlessly exploring new paths…
Something we’ll no doubt come back to later.
Keep checking back for more exciting news and exclusive sneak peeks.
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 has been nominated for one this year for his work on the print campaign for Canon’s Inspired series.
It’s a proper hold-your- breath moment, though that’s probably not advisable as the ceremony (at Carnegie Hall no less!) isn’t until 27th October. Don’t worry – we’ll keep you updated.
And from one Lucie to another. Well, Lucy at any rate. Simon was lucky enough to be interviewed by the really rather lovely Lucy Zelic when he made an appearance on live TV just the other day. The producers of SBS’s show, Thursday FC, invited him on to talk about The Beautiful Game and, while the awards do is an invite only affair, we can all catch up with what happened at the SBS studios here.
Simon’s exhibition, The Beautiful Game, had its opening night at the Black Eye Gallery on 3 October. It was an amazing night, packed to the rafters and opened by Australian football legend and former Chelsea ‘keeper Mark Bosnich.
There was a lot of love in the room, as well as laughter and tears, and that was just in Simon’s speech. For those of you on Facebook, visit the POOL page for loads of photos capturing the excitement of the night, For those of you late adopters yet to pop your Facebook cherry, we’ve lovingly posted a few of the best bits below.
And special thanks to the boys at Diageo, owners of Bulleit, who came up with the really rather special ‘Special One’ drink especially for this special night. Weird word when you say it a lot isn’t it?
A very special one that helped things get off to a great start.
Everyone’s a critic!
Three men, one haircut… Simon’s son, Declan, joins goalkeeping legend Mark Bosnich and the man of the hour, Simon Harsent.
What a night!
A while ago, we posted about Simon’s involvment in this ad for Canon. Shooting the stills was a wonderful job and it was a great team to be a part of. And now it seems that the team has gone on to WIN A BLOODY EMMY! Huge congratulations to everyone involved. The icing on the cake of a wonderful campaign.
And for those of you who like to see Simon really earning his keep, here’s THAT shot again…
From the Ilulissat Icefjord to the East Coast of Newfoundland… and now to Russia, the iceberg’s journey continues.
Melt is to form part of the celebrated Russian festival, PhotoVisa, in an exhibition called Fables of Change, which has been curated by the inspirational Alasdair Foster, founding director of Fotofeis and former director of the Australian Centre for Photography.
It’s a huge honour and very, very exciting – it all happens in October and Noveber at the Krasnodar Institute of Contemporary Art (KISI).
The squad has been picked and the formation chosen as Simon prepares for the opening night of his Beautiful Game exhibition at The Black Eye Gallery in Sydney. The ongoing project, which combines his two biggest passions – football and trespassing – has already received some pretty impressive coverage (if we do say so ourselves) and was featured in British broadsheet the Guardian.
It all kicks off on Thursday 3rd October with the opening reception and Simon will, of course, be there. As we hope you will, too.