Synopses & Reviews
The Wisdom of Stones combines fine photography and inspirational text intended to provoke thought, promote reflection, and engender connections between people and their environment. The book was born of psychologist/ photographer Brian Flynn's observation of people's fascination and connection with beach stones on the shores of Campobello Island, Canada. Many of the island's visitors spend time walking silently on the beaches, seldom looking up from the stones underfoot. Periodically, beachcombers stoop down, pick up stones, examine them, and place them in their pockets. This often goes on for hours. At the end of the day, they proudly display their treasures for whomever will look. Seldom has a vistor left without a bag full of stones to display or add to their collection. Brain Flynn's work has been focused primarily on large-scale trauma--disasters and terrorism. These experiences have fueled his passion to find beauty where others do not (or cannot) see it, to find order in what others see as randomness and chaos, and to nurture hope and meaning where and when he can.
The Wisdom Of Stones, by Brian W. Flynn
The expression 'as dumb as a rock' is insulting to certain elements of the planet that we live on, and know so little about. So, to many the 'wisdom of stones' may seem like an oxymoron, but, many cultures throughout history have spoken highly of the 'spirit' of stones, have held them in places of honor and regarded them with great reverence. I personally believe that there is much about this earth that we really have no clue about, and stones have always seemed to call to me. So, when The Press House offered me the opportunity to do a review of a book called, 'The Wisdom Of Stones', by Brian W. Flynn, I jumped at the opportunity.
My honest first impression of the book was before I even opened the parcel, and was based entirely on a lifetime of capitalist programming. Expecting a large volume, I was disappointed by the book's small size - until I opened it. Immediately I was blown away by the sentiment and visual impact. Brian has found a way to photograhically immerse the reader while using select verse to calm hearts. Zen, which emphasizes the attainment of enlightenment, absolutely drips from this book, as if its pages were over-saturated with the philosophies of the ages. Visually, it borders on irony, as the beauty of the photography excites the senses, while at the same time causing a tsunamic slide into serenity and nostalgia.
I found 'The Wisdom Of Stones', by Brian W. Flynn, published proof that wonderful things come in small packages, and that great thoughts are often best conveyed simply. Brian dedicates the book to the fine folks of Campobella Island, New Brunswick, Canada, where the photos are from. Talking to us, as if the stones themselves are speaking, Flynn has given a voice to the voiceless, and in the process, has revealed the need that we have to see the beauty that we blindly tread over in our human self-absorbtion. One thing is for certain, once you've journeyed through the pages of The Wisdom Of Stones, published by Sea Hill Press, Inc., you will never see the stones that you encounter in your life the same again. To get your copy, visit www.seahillpress.com
Reviewer : W. Lewis, Publisher of The Northern Star
The Wisdom of Stones combines fine photography and inspirational text intended to provoke thought, promote reflection, and engender connections between people and their environment. The book was born of psychologist/ photographer Brian Flynn's observation of people's fascination and connection with beach stones on the shores of Campobello Island, Canada.
About the Author
Multiple award-winning photographer and psychologist, Brian Flynn, is the former Rear Admiral/Assistant Surgeon General in the U.S. Public Health Service. His professional career has been spent dealing with the individual, and collective psychological impacts of large-scale events, such as disasters and terrorism. For the past thirty years, he has gone on-site immediately following most of the nation's most tragic events. He is currently an Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, at USUHS. He and his wife live near Annapolis, Maryland, and on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada.