You are
hazy sunshine
and rolled down windows
Quiet ambience
of summertime cicadas.

You are
the velvet dark
of a thousand midnights
spent in the arms of
The One.

You are
the sound of snow-fall
and the smell of

You are
the shiver running up
my twisted

- (EC)


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Over the past two years I have been working on an ongoing project about my dear friend Harold Martin, who is now 97 years old. He was a prisoner of war during World War 2, captured by the Japanese in the Fall of Singapore, and spent the next two years in POW camps building the Burma Thai Death railway along with 60,000 other allied soldiers, of which 12,399 died as a direct result of working on the railway. Harold has an epic tale of survival.

I have been documenting Harold and his story now for two years, both video and stills, filming in Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, San Francisco and at Harold’s home in Albany, Australia. Along the way, I have recorded his stories with the intention of compiling a documentary about his experience about being a POW and his travels going back to Myanmar and Thailand.


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  • Glenn StephensonJuly 28, 2014 - 1:00 am

    I’ve been following your document of Harold Martin since the beginning. With each new instalment, I make sure I share it with my family- we sit back and are silenced by your portrayal. What I have just seen is not only visualy stunning, but incredibly moving. Your images reach out and touch the soul and with the subject you have chosen (or chose you) you have ‘documented him accurately and done him justice’
    Love everything I see.

  • carleyJuly 28, 2014 - 5:28 am

    Samm. Loves these images, have loved this series since you first shared it! Good luck with it all xReplyCancel

  • Siobhan ByrneJuly 28, 2014 - 10:07 pm

    Beautiful portrayal Samm. Very moving.ReplyCancel

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  • MelissaAugust 2, 2014 - 11:48 am

    These are amazing Samm. It’s so moving watching Harold through your images. I really hope you get enough to complete it, it’s such a worthwhile story xxxxReplyCancel





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