Thursday, July 18, 2019

Swinging on a Star

Swinging on a Star by Sara Harley
Swinging on a Star
I started into conceptual photography late in 2017 and I absolutely love it. I have always wanted to be "a real artist"....drawing or painting....but I could never produce what was in my mind.
Conceptual photography changed everything for me. I use my own photographic library and work with layers and masks to create images that exist in my imagination.
Working with an existing library of images means that I can play with my photography even whenI can't get out and about with my camera.
My oldest granddaughter will be graduating from high school in June 2019, and heading off to university in the fall. I decided to create a series to honour her life achievement and I asked her to pose for me.
She agreed without me telling her why I wanted her to pose for me. She had no idea that I would turn her poses into a magical world.
This image is my way of telling her that the sky is the limit and I will present it to her at her graduation.
I created three more images that I will gift her when she leaves for Ontario at the end of August.
I will miss her, but I am so thankful of the moments we have spent together creating treasured memories.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

the origins of an idea

Possibilities by Sara Harley

Where do ideas come from? I often wonder this but haven't come up with any answers.
I don't think too many people would guess the origin of this image, which was a close up photograph of a spoon with dried rings.
I cropped the original image and brightened the whites. Then I added a bunny from a photograph I took several years ago.
Why not?

I posted this image on instagram ( and received this comment:

"I love how the bunny seems to be looking out into the world thinking about all the possibilities (my interpretation) but is trapped in a circle on concerns." - Kathryn

Yes! Isn't it wonderful when someone "gets" what you're trying to convey?

Confession: my original title for this piece was "Trapped" but after receiving Kathryn's comment I decided to change it to "Possibilities", a much more positive take on my idea.
Collaboration can make a good idea even better.

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Monochrome Exhibit

Very honoured to be part of this exhibit!

Monochrome at the Dart Gallery

I just found out today and will be madly printed and framing 6 images for delivery in 4 days.

Friday, April 19, 2019


honorable mention: conceptual photography, amateur division

Fine Art Photography Awards (FAPA) recently announced the winners of their 5th annual photography competition. They hold competitions in 20 different categories, both for professionals and amateurs.

I entered 5 images from my "Stroke of Emotions" series into the conceptual category in the amateur division. I was thrilled to discover that I received an honorable mention! Did I say thrilled? That doesn't adequately describe my feelings. There were 4100 entries from 87 countries around the world for these awards.

Here is a link to my page on the FAPA site listing my entry as a nominee:

Here is a link to the conceptual category in the amateur division:

And here is a link to the full winners' gallery:

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

the frustration of labels

Cover Me by Sara Harley
Cover Me
Photography means different things to different people. Like many other groups of people, photographers seem to need to label themselves and others.
When someone asks me what kind of photographs I like to take, I often find myself unable to define what I do. My photography has evolved in the past ten years and many people don't consider what I do to fall under the label of photography at all.
I still make images that are relatively untouched by post processing. But more and more I find myself enthralled by creating images using a combination of photographs.
I was compiling a selection of images of windows that I have taken over the past several years.Then I was inspired to create this image using three different photographs....a moth taken in 2012, lacy curtains from 2018, and a rainy window taken in March 2019.
Some people refer to this as photo manipulation, or photographic art. Whatever label it falls under,I enjoy the creative process.
Did you spot the moth right away? I find myself more and more attracted to images that take some time to appreciate. In this case, perhaps you looked at the image, then the title, and then took a closer look at the image and found the moth.
Or maybe you saw something completely different. That, to me, is the beauty of photography. We all see things in our own way.