About the Book
‘Mother Nature is the greatest artist and water is one of her favorite brushes. The element of water alters our vision and impressions. Known forms transition into new, unique and often startling creations, often beyond our expectations. Whether it is an entire ocean, a lake, a river, a pond or a single drop of water, the essence of liquid is transformative. ‘ —Rico Besserdich
Song of Silence is an art book that will take you on a journey into the essential, ineffable beauty of the mighty element, water.
The potential of reflecting the relationship between mankind and water, building bridges between societies, cultures and countries, uniting people and awakening a greater environmental awareness; this is the goal. Song of Silence has one single purpose, a vision of global unity. A look from a different perspective can make all the difference in the world.
97 people from 47 different countries contributed their personal thoughts about the beauty and importance of the element that unites as all, water. Their words are visualized by artful images of water. Divers, artists, philosophers, craftsmen, fishermen, housewifes, children, conservationists, medics, bank directors and many more were involved. Several Nobel laureates such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dr. José Ramos-Horta, Dr. Tawakkol Karman, Sir John B. Gurdon and Professor May-Britt Moser contributed their words, other word contributors are Eckhart Tolle, Dean Kamen, Monica Green, Ricardo Donoso, His Exellency Jose Goni, Gunilla Lundgren and so many more.
Arts, science and philosophy worked together hand in hand to create a positive universal message about about the element that unites all living beings on Planet Earth, water.
‘A truly artistic concept going far beyond standard underwater photography’. –Michael Lawrence
‘Song of Silence – Photographer / visual philosopher Rico Besserdich is creating a blue ode to our life support system. This fine art photography book reminds us that the intrinsic beauty of water has an alchemical effect that unifies the planet, on many levels’. — Laurie Wilson, Blue Ocean Network
‘Without water there’s is no life, without art there is no appreciation of one’s passion. Rico certainly has filled both gaps. Astounding imaginary of the water world through his eyes is beyond words, truly something for the senses to experience.’ — Vishnu Rajendran Amboo
‘Rico Besserdich’s stunning photographic work, his long term dedication to, and deep understanding of, the Fine Arts means that he was always going to stand out from the crowd.’–Dr. Richard Wylie
‘His work is absolutely fabulous.’–Prof. Dr. Rolf Sachsse, SAAR Academy of Fine Arts
‘With Rico Besserdich the year of the water has found its protagonist’. –Dr. Friedrich Naglschmid
30x30cm (12×12 inch), Hardcover, 132 pages (170gr/m2). 4-color print with aqua varnish, UV varnish on the cover.
Date of publication: 13th November 2017
Song of Silence had its official release November 29th 2017 in the Nobel Museum, Stockholm/Sweden.
The book can be ordered on this website.
About the Author
Rico Besserdich, the creator of “Song of Silence – A Book About Water” is an independent professional photographer, artist and visual philosopher spezialized on “Aquatic Imaging”, the art of imaging utilizing water as the key element of expression. In 2011 he won the title World Champion of Underwater Photography and his images were published and featured hundreds of times in magazines and books all around the world. His underwater image series of a submerged “Dakota” aircraft received numerous awards and earned a place in the “Top 5 Scuba Shots of 2013” at PADI, the worlds biggest scuba training agency.
The past seven years has seen his work exhibited in seven photography art exhibitions. In 2015, he wrote two books about underwater photography for a German dive training agency. In the year 2014 he was a lecturer for artistic underwater photography at the SAAR Academy of Fine Arts, Germany. A full list of Rico’s references is available on his official website www.maviphoto.com .
A word from the author: ‘The first time I used a camera was in summer 1978. My first camera was a “Weltaflex” (built 1954), an East-German copy of the popular “Rolleiflex”, 12 images per roll of film. I learned the basics of photography and developed my black&white medium format images in the darkroom. I have been hooked on the art of photography since. In 1996 I discovered scuba-diving, became a scuba-diving instructor in 2000 and began to shoot images underwater. I have explored the oceans from the surface down to 260 feet, always on the hunt for significant subjects, situations and images.
Over the years my artwork has become more and more focused on the element of water itself over the years. My goal has become more refined, to create images that go beyond classic underwater photography. It is the search for images that express the endlessly fascinating facets and beauty of Mother Water.
My book Song of Silence will be a personal essence and conclusion of the 40 years I’ve been involved in photography. This book represents the culmination of almost four decades of preparation, not only in terms of creating images but also in terms of mental development, spiritual approach and defining my own artistic style.’