Salt Moon

David Harsent


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Guillemot Press
2 November 2020
ISBN: 9781916060555
60 pages

From the publisher

Salt Moon is a collaboration between photographer Simon Harsent and poet David Harsent.

I first saw Simon’s Salt Moon sequence some years ago. I was moved and oddly perturbed by the cold beauty of the images. It was like being reminded of something that hadn’t yet happened. Much later, the first two or three lines of poetry fell into my mind and the first fragments of a narrative formed. I could hear a music, but wasn’t sure whether it was his music or mine. I think it was the subtle variations in his images that gave rise to staged repetitions – a sort of ostinato - in the poems.

David Harsent


In the calmest sea, in the stillest waters, there is always movement. This series of photographs presents the viewer with a fixed record of the fleeting forms of light and water – capturing the transient and elusive nature of both sea and moon from a constant point.

The moon, acting as both light source and active protagonist, controlling as it does the ebb and flow of the tide, is seen against the sea’s canvas. The image becomes fractured against this moving backdrop and the resulting fragments, these splinters of light, combine to provide a record of a particular moment in time, as individual and unrepeatable as a fingerprint.

Simon Harsent