Simon Harsent / MELT / February 05 – March 01 2014


Opened by Guy Abrahams – CEO and Co-founder of Climarte

Melt begins with images of the massive icebergs as they enter Greenland’s Disco Bay from the Ilulissat Icefjord; it ends with the icebergs off the East Coast of Newfoundland, by which time they have traveled hundreds of miles, and have been so battered and broken down that they are little more than ghosts of what they once were. Seeing them first overpowering in grandeur and then, later, about to be absorbed back into the flux from which they came, is both beautiful and humbling: a metamorphosis that endows them with a life-span, each with it’s own personality, each with it’s own story.

This project had its origin in a wholly personal moment; a personal journey. It is impossible, however, to look at these images and not think of the environmental issues we face right now. Just as the personal choices I made in my childhood in some ways defined me as a man, so the choices we are making as a species will define who we become, and what becomes of the planet on which we live.

Born in England Simon Harsent studied photography at Watford Collage before moving to Australia in 1988 to establish himself as one of the country’s leading photographers. Currently based in New York, Harsent’s career has seen him win numerous national and international awards including, Cannes Lions, One Show, Clio, D&AD,  and Australia’s first Cannes Grand Prix – making him one of the most awarded photographers in the world. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Queensland Art Gallery and The Powerhouse Museum. Melt: Portrait of an Iceberg was published in late 2009 to critical acclaim, reinforced by its inclusion in the prestigious D&AD and PDN Photo Annuals.

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Press / Media:

Mallika Rao, The Huffington Post, Hauntingly Gorgeous Photos Show The Life Of An Iceberg From Birth Until Death, 16 April 2014
Dan Rule, Your Weekend: In the galleries, Simon Harsent: Melt, 15 February 2014

Alison Stieven-Taylor, L’Oeil de la Photographie, Simon Harsent, MELT: Portrait of an Iceberg, 12 February 2014