A sense of place

Guest post by, Darren Harris

What does the word ‘landscape’ mean to you?

It means many things to many different people, including a beautiful place, a spiritual connection with the land, a painting, a photograph, somewhere to holiday away from the city, land to be topographically surveyed, a garden to be landscaped, a backdrop to be developed.

To me it means a sense of place. That is, a felt sense of where I feel connected to life and at home, where the land whispers a quiet authentic dignity that speaks to my heart and soul.

At its heart, Where the Land Meets The Sea explores the search for connection with the land and spirit. Up until the age of five, I grew up in Norfolk, England, at a place called Gorleston-On-Sea, and I have fond memories of the land near the water, including the woodlands, meadows, moors, the stony ‘beaches’ and the flat horizon of the sea.

North To Lennox Point

North To Lennox Point_11

Fast forward some 40 years to Brisbane, and my life has taken a sudden left turn – newly separated, living alone in rental, undergoing forced time out from work, all strong ingredients for a mid life crisis and a struggle for meaning.

Eventually, from the ashes of grief, rose in me the desire to explore, to discover, to create, to contribute on a deeper level. I wanted to bring my separate interests together, so I could live a more integrated and fulfilling life, and rediscover who I was and my sense of place. Could the music reflect what I felt and tried to capture in the photographs?  Could the photographs inspire music?

From Lennox Point To Broken Head and Cape Byron

From Lennox Point To Broken Head and Cape Byron

It was during this time that I discovered The Producer’s Club, at The Edge. The Producer’s Club really helped me to refine my music through invaluable support and feedback. It still does and is a wonderful group.

Fast forward again to 30 June 2016, and it’s opening night of my exhibition Where The Land Meets The Sea, 16 large, toned black and white landscape photographs and a 58 minute CD of landscape music that evoke the sense of place in the photographs.

Facing Island

Facing Island


The exhibition also features an interactive video “What does the word landscape mean to you?”, where participants can be recorded contributing to a broader dialogue of our understanding of perceptions of the land.

Come along and see the exhibition, listen to the evocative music and be a part of a communal dialogue about landscape, with liked-minded people.

Thursday 30 June 2016 to Sunday 10 July 2016.
Opening Night Thursday 30 June 6pm – 8.30pm (Artist’s talk 7pm).

The Edge, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, Cultural Centre, Southbank.



Darren J Harris

Darren J Harris


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