Review: An Honest Silence

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As a species we are healthier merely through the awareness that there are places we could go that we have never gone before, that places exist where no other human has trod.
From the Forward of An Honest Silence: A Celebration of Wilderness
David Leland Hyde

In the preface of An Honest Silence: A Celebration of Wilderness, author Greg Russell poses an important question: Do we really need another book about wilderness?

My reaction to it was surprise—in this day and age, as photography eBooks with titles like “How to Photograph Reflections” or “Storytelling with Depth of Field” are published at a maddening pace, it’s refreshing to see one with the simple intent of celebrating wilderness. Or, perhaps I’m predisposed to such things.

For years of my life wilderness, its constituents, and the experience of wilderness, was what I read about:
Arctic Dreams and Of Wolves and Men by Barry Lopez. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and The Living by Annie Dillard. The poem Five AM in the Pinewoods by Mary Oliver. Attenborough and Leopold. Deep Blue Home by Julie Whittey, William Faulkner’s The Bear, Jack London’s To Build a Fire, Animal Architecture by Karl von Frisch, The Rights of Nature by Nash Roderick, The Biophilia Hypothesis by Stephen R. Kellert and Edward O. Wilson.

These books and others are cornerstones to my beliefs about and connections to wilderness. They’re my personal scriptures, tomes that helped me to understand wilderness, our place within it, and relationship to it (or what this could be).

My knee-jerk response to Greg’s question was, therefore, a resounding yes. And in their eBook, Greg and fellow authors P.J. Johnson and Ann Wittaker point out that progress battles wilderness relentlessly. They demonstrate wilderness as a fragile, complex, connection shared by us all (whether we know it or not) and show that our actions indicate, in large part, a lost connection.

While this isn’t new literary territory, these realities lend credence to Greg’s question and an importance to An Honest Silence. Within its pages are three honest voices – one hopeful, one pragmatic and impassioned, one reverent and insightful — that through words and photography reveal personal connections to wilderness.

How can this tiny chorus be important? If you’re a wilderness convert, let this eBook be your gentle reminder to get “out there”, and let it inspire you to create and share your own wilderness testaments.

If you’re not that convert, let An Honest Silence guide you to discovery (or rediscovery) of your own personal connection to this powerful force — wilderness.

The wild places are where we began. When they end, so do we.

David Brower

The 48-page An Honest Silence: A Celebration of Wildernessis normally available for only $5 (PDF download). Between now and December 25th, you can purchase it at a 20% discount.

Simply enter the code “holiday” at checkout to receive an instant discount. A portion of this eBook’s sales are donated to SUWA, the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (@SouthernUTWild).

I hope you take advantage of this offer and purchase An Honest Silence: A Celebration of Wilderness. Wilderness needs your voice, too.

What Others Say

[Updated]Listed below are links to a couple other reviews of An Honest Silence that I encourage you to read:

Richard Wong | In the Field Photogblog (@rwongphoto)

Crest, Cliff & Canyon | A Landscape Photography Blog by A. Jackson Frishman

David Leland Hyde |Landscape Photography Blogger (@PhilipHydePhoto)