Samm Blake’s ‘A Long Way Back’ Documentary Mixes Photography And Cinematography

Learn the story of a 99-year-old Australian soldier who spent two years as a prisoner of war

Photographer Samm Blake is perhaps best known for her extremely stylized wedding photography, but she recently released her film A Long Way Back in full online in honor of Australia's Remembrance Day.

The film runs roughly 40 minutes documents the story of a 99-year-old man named Harold Martin. He was an Australian soldier who spent two years in a prison camp during World War II, during which he was forced to help build the Burma Thai railway. In the film, he revisits the places and memories from that part of his life.

It’s a touching story told by the film as well as a series of photographs. You can very much see the photographic style in the film with a lot of long, beautiful shots that contribute to the overall atmosphere. At times, it feels like a moving series of photographs.

It’s a touching story, and an inspiring one, especially here in the USA as we celebrate Veteran’s Day.

Photographer Samm Blake is perhaps best known for her extremely stylized wedding photography, but she recently released her film A Long Way Back in full online in honor of Australia's Remembrance Day.

The film runs roughly 40 minutes documents the story of a 99-year-old man named Harold Martin. He was an Australian soldier who spent two years in a prison camp during World War II, during which he was forced to help build the Burma Thai railway. In the film, he revisits the places and memories from that part of his life.

It’s a touching story told by the film as well as a series of photographs. You can very much see the photographic style in the film with a lot of long, beautiful shots that contribute to the overall atmosphere. At times, it feels like a moving series of photographs.

It’s a touching story, and an inspiring one, especially here in the USA as we celebrate Veteran’s Day.

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