The Ship Song

Simon Harsent collaborated with the team at The Monkeys to produce this stunning campaign entitled, The Ship Song Project for the Sydney Opera House.

The Ship Song is a song written by Nick Cave, originally performed by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on their 1990 album, The Good Son.

Noted as one of the most iconic Australian songs of all time, The Ship Song Project brought together some of Australia’s best-known and loved musicians performing their version of Nick Cave’s immortal ballad underneath the sails of the Sydney Opera House.

This special collaboration featured such renown artists as Neil Finn, Kev Carmody, Sarah Blasko, John Bell, Martha Wainwright, Katie Noonan, Paul Kelly, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, The Temper Trap, and Daniel Johns.

Simon Harsent was awarded a bronze pencil at the 2011 AWARD Awards for photography in The Ship Song Project campaign.

Simon collaborated with his father the award-winning poet, David Harsent for his Into the Abyss personal series which was also exhibited at the Sydney Opera House in May 2012.



A little deeper and she’ll lose the light. At first

the surface is just touchable – shadows that might be clouds

or birds in flight… She sets her face to the skim


to get the last of the world she came from, some slight

sense of voices fading as she slips

from almost-day to almost-night, grey-green shading


first to blue, then more than blue, then to a blue never seen

by anyone but her, and that slow drift into darkness set to sever

all that she owned or wanted, all she had ever been.