‚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 a 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.
Song of Silence will be a personal essence and conclusion of the 39 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.
As a photographer, it is my goal to let my images speak for themselves, allowing me the freedom of expression and providing you the freedom of interpretation. In my book, I will let others state their thoughts about what water means to them and what they think about its importance.
I have personally contacted a number of people from around the world, asking them for a short text contribution to my book. Almost all of them answered, sending me their thoughts about water. Divers, artists, philosophers, craftsmen, fishermen, housewifes, children, conservationists, medics, bank directors and many more. With deep gratefulness in my heart, I furthermore received personal words and text contributions to my book from several Nobel laureates such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, José Ramos-Horta, Sir John B. Gurdon and Professor May-Britt Moser.
Arts, science and philosophy working together hand in hand to create a positive universal message about something that is greater than all of us: water. This is SONG OF SILENCE.
‚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
30x30cm (12×12 inch), Hardcover, around 130 pages (170gr/m2). 4-color print with aqua varnish, UV varnish on the cover.
Song of Silence is scheduled to be officially released in November 2017, during the DEMA Show in Orlando/Florida. It will be available for pre-orders in September 2017.