No matter who we are, we all face life challenges.

No matter what crisis we face, we all struggle with a range of feelings.

Sometimes I cry so hard I think the tears will never stop.

Sometimes I feel so tired I want to lay my head down and sleep forever.

Sometimes I feel absolutely nothing and wonder if I will ever feel happy again.

- Sara Harley

Stroke of Emotions - the full story

I have written a book including these images in hopes that it may help someone else deal with their own struggle through difficult times.

The complete story of Stroke of Emotions is available to view and/or purchase online through Blurb Books.

Stroke of Emotions book by Sara Harley

feedback from a presentation

You gave us a brave presentation of your recent life journey though the self-portraits that you displayed. The images were more expressive of feelings than words could ever be. I could see myself & my journey in the single self-images that you showed before you added to them. Every emotion that I felt was right there on the screen.

Then when you added the additional layers to your single image I could travel through the feelings being expressed. Life changes are challenging to the very depth of our resilience. Your sharing of these sequences allowed me to know that other people have the same emotional travel that I have had.

from the Stroke of Emotions Series



1. great destruction or damage.

2. severe and overwhelming shock or grief.



1. feelings of severe despondency and dejection.

2. a mental condition characterized by feelings of severe despondency and dejection, typically also with feelings of inadequacy and guilt, often accompanied by lack of energy

and disturbance of appetite and sleep.



plural noun: choices

1. an act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities.



1. a thing that bears the weight of something or keeps it upright.

2. a source of comfort or encouragement.



1. a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.

2. grounds for believing that something good may happen.

Exhibits and Publications

Picturing Health Exhibit at Viewpoint Gallery

Picturing Health Exhibit

Stroke of Emotions were selected for the Picturing Health exhibit at Viewpoint Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for the month of February 2018. The exhibit used photographic imagery to explore the relationship between wellness and creativity, and was funded by the Robert Pope Foundation.

Seeing in SIXES 2018 by LensWork

Seeing in Sixes 2018

My Stroke of Emotions project has been accepted for publication in

Seeing in SIXES 2018  published by LensWork. Fifty projects were selected from more than 1500 submissions to be featured in this book.

312 pages, currently available for purchase at this link.