Book of the Week: Released by Jimmy Edmonds

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Jimmy Edmonds’ photographic elegy for his son Joshua, tragically killed in a road accident while traveling Southeast Asia, is a profound and deeply beautiful work of art.

The book, which features a mix of Edmonds’ powerful photography and personal poetry, makes incredible use of the medium. The artistry with which Edmonds was able to approach this project and communicate his searing loss has amazed all of us at Blurb. The sense of the ephemeral, the exploration of photography and its connection to the “chaos of meaning” (as he states in his forward)—neither of these themes are easy to translate or make real but somehow Edmonds has.

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The book’s title refers to the label on the container holding Joshua’s ashes on which the word “released” appeared. What it conjured to Edmonds is a hopeful yet heartbreaking notion and he plays upon the theme elegantly and with dignity.

Take a look and we think you’ll agree. “Released” is a moving tribute and an incredible body of work. We’re honored that Jimmy Edmonds made his book with Blurb.

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4 Comments

  1. Please accept my deepest sympathy. I cannot even begin to imagine the trauma you and your family have gone through. He looks like a young man who enjoyed his time with you and your family and friends. What more can we wish for. Joshua will live on in memory and this beautiful book.

    By Eugene Langan
      July 20, 2011 – 3:14 pm   Permalink
  2. OMG Jimmy, this is a beautiful, moving tribute to your beloved son Joshua..

    I believe that only people in such deep grief could create such a masterpiece… Yes, Joshua will live on through this magnificent book..
    Thank you for sharing..

    By Janet Missenden
      July 20, 2011 – 4:23 pm   Permalink
  3. Jimmy, your phtographs where his image is incorporated with the landscape, water etc. really moved me. When I lost my fiance, I place a picture and a letter to hin in a zip lpck bag and places it under a erock beside the spring waters we used to sit by after hiking in the mountains. This brought that back- and I know your deep sadness but also know these images bring him near you. beautiful.

    By Pat Jessee
      July 20, 2011 – 4:28 pm   Permalink
  4. Thank you for your thoughts Eugene

      July 21, 2011 – 2:26 am   Permalink

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