Song of Silence – 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.

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, Lynn Funkhouser, Ernie Brooks, Marty Snyderman, 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. 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.

‘A truly artistic concept going far beyond standard underwater photography’. –Michael Lawrence

‘Song of Silence – Photographer / visual philosopher Rico Besserdich created 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

‘It is unbelievable’. –His Excellency Jose Goni

‘An absolutely stunning book. A mission to save our planet’. –Olov Amelin, Nobel Museum

‘Song of Silence is a book you will want on your coffee table to keep enjoying the photos & re-read the inspiring quotes! It inspires people to take better care of our water, our life source, & would make a great gift!’ –Lynn Funkhouser

‘Rico spent a lifetime capturing amazing images and the last year constructing this amazing book. It is beautiful and the images resonate deeply the emotions and feelings we experience on under and around the sea.’ –Peter Stone

‘An artist with a beautiful purpose in Life.’ –Ernie Brooks

Book specifications

Limited Collector’s Edition (500 copies, each copy signed by the author)
30x30cm (12×12 inch), Hardcover, 132 pages (170gr/m2).

Date of publication: 13th November 2017

ISBN: 978-605-82119-0-2


Song of Silence was released November 29th 2017 in the Nobel Museum, Stockholm/Sweden.
The book can be purchased on this website and ships to everywhere in the world. Interested re-sellers or those who wish to purchase 10+ copies please kindly refer to our re-seller special offer.