BENEATH THE SHADOWS THE SOUL WALKS
A glimpse into the exquisite grace and beauty of the soul in original images and stories. Help publish (and own) this Incredible Limited Edition Exclusive Art & Short Stories Book.
SO WHAT IS THIS?
The highest quality, limited edition, hardback art book through images and words published by The Pandorian. The authors, internationally acclaimed artist Predrag Pajdic and fiction writer JL Nash need to raise $15,000 to complete the publishing of this amazing art project. The estimated cost of the book when ready will be £45/$70 and it will be available at exclusive gallery shops e.g. The Tate Modern as well as available via online orders.
WHAT FUNDING DO WE NEED?
$15,000. This will cover the cost of the publication of a limited edition of 1000 hardback high quality books, as well as all the exclusive goodies being given as incentives to the different level of supporters. We have created breathtaking magnificence to bring hope in both images and short stories. We want to launch this book in October. This is a chance for YOU to be a part of creating spectacular art and literature.
BUT WHAT’S IT REALLY ABOUT?
This book challenges current trends and rewards the time taken to peruse the images and read the texts as it celebrates the loveliness in everyone, at all ages, gender, style, type and appearance. Over 70 subjects have been photographed and they range from ages 10 to 84. What is presented are the purest of naked souls echoed in the faces and bodies of some of the most extraordinary people from across U.S.A., Europe and Asia taken over the period of a year to catch all seasons. A key moment for the timing of the photographs taken was dawn or dusk; a time when the human subconscious rises to the forefront in an almost dream state, just waking or about to sleep. It is at this magical instant we are able, as humans to penetrate our most vulnerable and innocent emotions. It is a time of great understanding and wisdom, a moment of the opening or closing of flowers, the birth or death of butterflies. We are raw, vulnerable and at our most hesitatingly stunning. 100 of the most intense and exceptional visions from exotic locations spanning deserts, mountains, waterfalls and lakes have been hand selected from about 50,000 taken. Each subject was chosen because of their kindness and compassion in their lives, the purity of the authentic soul and the resulting grace as captured is a manifestation of the essence of each of these astonishingly humble ‘ordinary’ people.
These lyrical metaphors are sometimes challenging but never drop below the line of elegant taste. It’s a common enough cry from the stands, railing against the double standards of media interpretation of beauty. We know about photo-shopping images, digital alterations and the decrease of self-esteem in light of almost impossible versions of exquisiteness as presented to us. But where is the new standard, where is the new measure? In these images, there is no smoothing of wrinkles, alteration of body shapes or botoxed brows. These are the faces of beauty, male and female, young and old, of a variety of nationalities. This book is a marvelous celebration of life’s splendour in a form as yet seen, and offers a new, more realistic standard and measure by which to judge those who please the eye. The short stories are exclusive to this book and also echo the same ethos, adding another dimension to the pictures we create in mind and soul.
These images and stories call deep into the window of expression to create a new beginning, a marker for what is now stripped, vulnerable, raw and honest.
The book is featuring many extraordinary people such as international artists, performers, dancers, composers, writers, poets, lovers and next door neighbors, who stole from their time, injected their passion and spread their enthusiasm in creating this project. Among others we are grateful to Lee Adams, Peter M Adams, Sergio Agathe, Alicia, Loukas Angelou, Philippe Andre, Julien Aschner, Oreet Ashery, Barney Ashton, Hrafnhildur Benediktsdóttir, Silke Bender, Fernando Bonastre, Pio Rio Branco, Christopher Agius Burke, Shaun Carmody, Nicola Canavan, Sebastian Trevor Collins, Federico Domenici, Benjamin Dukhan, Jason Eddy, Edir, Finn Eighty, Alexandra Eldridge, Mathilde Fages, Paul Fages, Roberto Foddai, Geoffrey Guillin, Nathan Hanford, Scott Humphreys, Matthew-Robert Hughes, Stany de Huy, Jacqueline Kiang, Dominic Johnson, Jean-Bastien Lagrange, John Linssen, Othon Mataragas, Nuno & Luis Mateus, Marko Matysik, Diago Mariotta Mendez, Jeremy Martin, Darius Meibodi, Katarina Mootich, Charles Moriarty, Ash Mukherjee, Giada Olivotto, Kira O’Reilly, Luke Pell, Tom Peters, Simon Phillips, Francisco Polo, Hugo Rodrigues, Alif Sankey, Aiden Shaw, Olivia Snaije, Emanuele Soavi, Erick Soler, Rick Stevens, Anna Sudbina, Marie & Manon Tatala, Erica Mott, Anthony Thévenoux, Gabriel Toso, Clint Wilson, Stephanie Valerie, Mara Vujic and a couple of surprising appearances.
There is something magical about the collaboration between the artist Predrag Pajdic and writer JL Nash. They have worked together, on and off for the best part of 20 years, and was their first meeting an accident or designed for two souls to recognize each other? Today, they continue to weave their mutual interpretations of each other’s work. Sometimes JL’s text in the form of poetry or short stories springs up as a response to Predrag’s images and at other times, his images are created in direct response to her writing.
The Pandorian (Est 2009) has curated exhibitions, published original poetry and short stories and offers daily e-space to showcase incredible artistic talent. This new project of a book will be a step up, with more poignant thought provoking imagery and text with a social message, a message that beauty is not shaped from slim youths, but from all parts of the human race.