Edward Simmons

Edward Simmons

Edward Simmons, a photographer of a sharp eye and a powerful,expereinced inner voice, presents an idea of a noble notion of the universe. He exhibits a photo series with a negative context opposing a photo series with a positive message.  He’s aware of the fact that we’re very far from the unspoilt world of our beginnings and he illustrates it with photography. This visual comparation does not to it for him, so he supports it with text. A space filled with words, characters, shows a combination of a Buddhist text, Goethe’s thoughtful verses and thoughts from the Bible. He corrects the translation from the Bible, putting „logos“ instead of „word“, which bears a stronger connotation of the beginning of everything. Here he relies on Goethe. Analizing the piece, the viewer should feel the artist’s desire for a change in the state of the world that originates from the change of our consciousness about it. When we are in posession of a cognition about the constant flow and links of all the events that surround us, a cognition bigger then a material one, we don’t have to belong to a religion. By knowing ourselves, we understand much better the world around us. We become more righteous and better in material life; this way, the perception of our surroundings becomes a totally relaxed notion of change. About the constant interaction of everything around us but also a convinced knowledge of our own fitting into the change.  This way, we really become as part of the whole and not egoistic individuals excluded by their materialistic conscience. Buddhist texts speak of that. I hope they will remain an enlighted conviction and a way to approach life, and never become a religion.

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