Friday, May 28, 2010

review from germany

In einer total vermarkteten Welt, wo alles nach uns ruft, ist es nicht leicht, den Ruf der Seele zu vernehmen. Soulcaller von William B. Brooks baut uns goldene Brücken zwischen Oberfläche und Tiefe. Die Technik, der sich der renommierte Fotograf dabei bedient, ist so einfach wie genial. Ihm gelingt es auf wunderbare Weise, Natur und Kunst, Wirklichkeit und Möglichkeit verschmelzen zu lassen, indem er Objekte transparent werden lässt, das heißt, die Seele der Dinge durchscheinen lässt.

Für mich sind seine Kunstwerke magische Kraftbilder, die mich unmittelbar in Berührung bringen mit dem, "was die Welt im Innersten zusammen hält", wie Goethe es einmal formuliert hat. Sie spiegeln auf subtile Weise die Einheit von allem und belohnen den aufmerksamen Betrachter mit einer spontanen Verbindung zu seinem inneren Selbst, das nichts anderes ist, als die Weltseele selbst. Ich kann nur jedem empfehlen: Lasst Euch auf die Bilder ein und fühlt, was sie mit Euch machen, nach dem Motto "who feels it knows it". Auch wenn es hierzu eigentlich keiner Worte bedarf, so sind die kurzen meditativen Texte doch eine gelungene zusätzliche Bereicherung.

In a world consumed by consumerism where everything yells at us, it is not easy to perceive the call of the soul. “ Soulcaller” by William B. Brooks builds a golden bridge between surface and depth. The technique used by the renowned photographer is as simple as it is genial. He achieves, in a miraculous way, to merge nature and art, reality and possibility by permitting objects to become transparent that means the soul of the thing becomes visible.
For me, his art works are magical power images, which connect me in an immediate way to what Goethe once called “ that ,which holds the essence of the world together”. They mirror in a subtle way the oneness of all and reward the thoughtful observer with a spontaneous connection to his inner Self, which is nothing else but the “World Soul” itself. I can only recommend to accept these pictures and feel what they will do to you, after the motto. “Who feels it knows it”.
Even so, no words are necessary; the short meditative text delivers a successful enrichment to the reader.

review from montana

Soul Caller
A review by Eugene D Tunick, DDS 5/2/2010

As I know William Bernard Brooks to be a prominent portrait photographer, I expected Soul Caller to be a book of beautiful photographs. What I found was a complete surprise: a series of images, probably based on photographs, resembling paintings reminiscent of Matisse and other French impressionists, with a suggestion of abstractionism.

They definitely aren’t French, but are anchored in Native American occultism – serving as metaphors of early Indians seeking the meaning of existence.

Each image is accompanied by a Haiku describing a spiritual experience. I couldn’t resist going back repeatedly to explore the imagery and to let the Haikus insinuate themselves into my consciousness.

Brooks invites us to share his existential journey.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

SOULCALLER finally out in bookstores and at

Why I published it

At the vernissage of my work in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Adreana, a 13-year-old girl, all red faced and excited approached me, grabbed my arm and declared,
“Don William, all your pictures have spirits in them and they all talk to me.”
It was a marvelous confirmation of the process through which the images came into existence. Neither the taking of the pictures nor the production of the prints resulted from a preconceived idea of purpose or layout. Inspirited collaboration with the model in the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains resulted in the collection of works published in the book “Soulcaller”.
Spirits and interludes on the shamanic way manifested themselves according to our momentary awareness. The power of the images is undiluted, a result of the natural surroundings, a multitude of beings harmonizing, manifesting an intent, celebrating life.
Meditate on the text, a confirmation of your own experience, dreams and connections to your creative powers may result.
“La pura vida”, as the young girl called it, was a gift, I brought back from Bolivia.

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