About Sara


Sara Harley lives and creates on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, Canada. She has carried a camera for many years, and has recently turned to creating conceptual art using her own photographs as a base to create works from her imagination. Frequently minimalist and surreal, her images range from dark and brooding to light and inspirational and strive to elicit an emotional response.

Her first large project was Stroke of Emotions (2017). A series of conceptual self portraits, the project portrayed a series of emotions to help her deal with a family health crisis. This series was featured in the Picturing Health exhibit at Viewpoint Gallery in Halifax, and was published in Seeing in SIXES 2018, a book curated by Brooks Jensen and Maureen Gallagher of LensWork. The project was also awarded Nominee in the International 5th Annual Fine Art Photography Awards, Conceptual Photography, and was featured in the Spring 2020 edition PhotoEd Magazine, Mental Health, Photograph+Healing.

Sara's photographs have been exhibited in many group exhibits, local and abroad, and she has hosted
solo exhibits Roots + Wings (2018), Flight of Fancy (2021), Trailings (2021), and Haven (2022).

She was thrilled to have one of her photographs used on book covers for Margaret Atwood and Isabel Allende, and published by several magazines
, including PhotoEd, Understorey, Uppercase, ON Landscape, Tagree, smART Magazine, Salt & Citrus (cover), Humana Obscura, and The Antigonish Review (cover) .

Sara's work continues to evolve and she publishes several project guides each year.