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Now at a special price! A book of colour photography by Joseph* with bilingual texts of poetry and poetic prose by Joseph* & Alexandra* ~ OneLight*® (Hardcover)
"Even when completed, a Dream never ceases to be created, and to create. Dream is, indeed, the supreme creator, the ultimate muse, the first touch of inspiration, and the last stroke of genius. Dream is the composer and the music, the canvas and the painter, the sculptor and the essence beyond the sculpture, the photographer and the silent eloquence of the image, the poet and all poetry, the first hope and the last rope, the bird and the wave, the breath and the blaze.
Thus it is, and will be, always, in metamorphosis, through the elements that aggregate and split the Whole… even when it is already being contemplated in a gallery, or escaping from between two pages of a book, that will always be of sketches, evolving through textures inimitable in their uniqueness, liquid, fiery, telluric, or aerial, and yet as congruent in their blend as the intrinsic nature of the universe, and of Dream itself.
Elements of life, and yet, indeed, and always, of Dream… to be interiorized and constantly transformed, and then soar from its chrysalis and our own, through the unbound kaleidoscope of colours and shapes, waiting to be revealed… in all the Universes Beyond The Visible." -- From the book's introduction
© 2005 by Alexandra* ~ OneLight*®
OFFICIALLY RELEASED ON JANUARY 17, 2006 - FNAC Bookstores - Portugal
About "Universes Beyond the Visible ~ Elements of Dream":
The book is divided in four sections, or chapters, featuring the Four Elements of Nature - Air, Fire, Water and Earth - both in Joseph's original photographic works and in his own and Alexandra's poems and prose poems, which appear in both authors' maternal languages - English and Portuguese.
Some of the photos featured in the book can be viewed at Joseph's online photography studio:
"Universes Beyond the Visible ~ Elements of Dream" has received two international awards in 2006:
4th Prize in the category "Books of Photography" of the Pilsner Urquell sponsored I.P.A. - International Photography Awards contest;
1st Prize in "Category 1 - Books, Magazines and
Brochures" of the Inapa Portugal - Arjo Wiggins contest.
About OneLight*® Authors & Creations:
Founded by Mª Alexandra Oliveira and Joseph R. Sherman in 2004, OneLight*® Authors & Creations is not a company, but an association of people - authors and artists - sharing one same philosophy: In life, thus in love, as in art, true wholeness is only attainable through respected, cherished, and encouraged individuality.
“Universes Beyond the Visible ~ Elements of Dream” is, essentially, a book of photography. And although the language of the images is, in fact, universal, texts were selected by both authors to highlight, through words, the feelings “beyond the visible” which, from the “elements of dream” within the language of all the images, in them surged and then expanded. It may be said that in this book the images and the words originally recognized one another, to then compose their mutual fulfillment in a perfect simbiosis, just like that of Joseph* and Alexandra*, its authors, occurs both in Art and in Life.
~ Natural Colours ~
(Dedicated to Joseph and to the colours of his vision)
The colours are a blend
an equilibrium of the natural
the factual, the abstract and the metaphysical
that is always a matter of ethereal substance
spilling over the form…
And they are hot, the form and its substance
dancing in the blend spilling over
the equilibrium of blue widened in gold
within the green darkening to brown
and the brown deepening to almost black
in riots of night that brushes the ripening blush
of dawn, and then blurs the ethereal borders
of the hues of dream painting the sky…
The colours are a dance
of penetrability that goes beyond
the factual, the abstract and the metaphysical
in the natural portrait of inner vision spilling over
the equilibrium of form
blended to its essence…
The colours are this penetrable
and this hot
whenever substance spills over the form
and brushes the ethereal borders
abstract but factual
of a ripe and fiery portrait of heaven…
The essence, natural
in the colours of what he sees.
© 2005 by Alexandra* ~ OneLight*®
Book Report: Universes Beyond the Visible ~ Elements of Dream
Universes Beyond the Visible ~ Elements of Dream
Alexandra* & Joseph* - OneLight*
ISBN 972-797-121-0 10” x 12” Hardcover Color photos and poetry-prose text. A bilingual production — English and Portuguese. The book is segmented into categories of air, fire, water and earth. From the marriage of poetic text with the specific photographs, to the color printing to the design layout of the book, to paper and binding selection, professionalism of the highest order is manifest in every aspect.
A flashing fan of pages of this book tempts one’s imagination to dart quickly to the outermost reaches of physical vision in a vain attempt to gain a glimpse of the title’s promise long before quiet time is available for honest delving. Those of us who have read Alexandra and Joseph (Alexandra Oliveira and Joseph Sherman) before and have seen examples of Joseph’s photography will surely anticipate the treat, and only a suitable span of undivided time will suffice to devour and absorb their effort.
And at last — but what can one say that will relay a picture of this magnificent work that has not been said in its very own introduction: “Dream is the composer and the music, the canvas and the painter, the sculptor and the essence beyond the sculpture, the photographer and the silent eloquence of the image, the poet and all poetry, the first hope and the last rope, the bird and the wave, the breath and the blaze….kaleidoscope of colors and shapes, waiting to be revealed…in all the Universes Beyond the Visible.
As we go about our daily routines many of us have our minds tuned to frequencies other than those explored in this book and plays of light on ordinary objects and substances often pass into oblivion with never a leading or following thought. The authors show their uncanny ability to capture the poetic and artistic character of light falling on those commonplace objects and substances and to explore the unknown, unseen of each in prose and poetry. In the presence of such image masters, a sense of admiration wells — even something of an element of awe.
Joseph’s camera folds the viewer into his own world as he captures hues and tints — subtle or brilliant — color flows that are unique, never to be formed in this universe again — whether of sun dimpled surfaces and landscapes, of ethereal plumes dancing in romantic passionate flamenco, rushing white water tableaus, or ancient orchard stones in placid settings of after-season vineyard castaways. His words and Alexandra’s soft poetic probes couch each photo and take us beyond the visible to the elements of dream that this work so elegantly encompasses. The complimentary nature of the entwined contributions to the book is noteworthy — indeed it becomes a metaphor for the shared love between the co-authors.
Your mind will open to more possibilities beyond the visible universe, having enjoyed the sensual pleasures of “Universes Beyond the Visible~Elements of Dream.” And your coffee table will be intriguingly adorned and guest-ready with this treasury of photography literature boldly displayed. Highly recommended.
© 2006 R. Leland Waldrip
A Review of Universes Beyond the Visible ~ Elements of Dream
This valuable work, the product of two artists Alexandra Oliveira and Joseph Sherman is described by them as being a book of photography. This it most certainly is, but also much, much more.
Universes Beyond the Visible combines excellent images, all the work of Joseph Sherman, together with poetic verses, written by both Alexandra Oliveira and Joseph Sherman. Throughout this large and magnificently illustrated hardback-cover 24 by 31 cm book, the poets express their spiritual views on the nature of existence and the nature of self. Even their own publisher name One Light together with the title, introduces us to what we can expect, with its emphasis on the elements of dream as always present in the image and as a core to our reality of self.
The theme is one of alchemical transmutation, as we are individually led by photography through the elements of earth, water, fire and air in the imagination of Joseph Sherman, together with the poetic works of each to the corresponding image.
What is most remarkable about this innovative and talented spiritual effort is the fact that this book is bi-lingual. Alexandra writes in English, as well as her native tongue Portuguese, as well as translating Joseph’s poems from English. This gives an added dimension to the work, I do not know in the case of her own poems, whether she wrote in English first and then Portuguese or vice versa, perhaps both. But the instant we read the English version, we know we are looking at something different in the English Language, something of the richness, sweetness and sensuality of the Portuguese language is transferred into the work. Her style is both highly conceptual and romantic but the written verse, as a whole in free verse, is as succinct as it is elaborative but a contrast to Joseph’s more pristine approach, which also gains from Alexandra’s splendid translations. Joseph has in fact spent time on Haiku and it led him to create his own very interesting innovative verse forms, although these do not appear in this work, nevertheless the mood pervades his stylistics throughout.
In fact it is difficult in this book to separate the two artists, who have, in combined inspiration worked to make it, as in my opinion, both have served as the other’s muse. It certainly is a work well worth the price of its purchase and we at Poetry Life and Times are happy to recommend it to our readers.
Robin (Co Editor PLT)~
(Robin Ouzman Hislop)
Reviews for "Universes Beyond the Visible Elements of Dream"
|Reviewed by Debashish Haar
|A brilliant volume of poetry in photography, photography in poetry. Will soon add a more thorough review on this collection.
|Reviewed by Mr. Ed
|From This Book:
"Life is a river that flows through us
and we discover joy and peace
when we immerse ourselves in it."
And this is a book of wondrous photographs and verse that gently flows through the reader, and one truly does discover joy and peace when immersing themselves in it.
Well Done, Alexandra & Joseph - truly enjoyed!
|Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
|An Awesome book this is for sure.....thank you Alexandra & Joseph for the wonderful gift,,,I received it today...and was in awe with the beauty of it!!
Warmest love Tinka
|Reviewed by Leland Waldrip
This is an exquisitely beautiful book, highly professionally done. I will post a longer review soon. [[[[[[[[[[[[[[hugs]]]]]]]]]]]]]]
Love to you and Joseph,
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