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Silence : a source of great strength

by editor Miro Susta
Edited and published by Yvette Depaepe, the 21st of October 2023


The famous Russian writer Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky, born on 11 November 1821, wrote 'Only silence is the source of all great power'.


'Without silence' by Antonio Aliaga Ibarra


It is true, the silence is indeed an important part of our lives, is a feeling that is difficult for many to understand and experience.


'Silence' by Greetje van Son


One can say that silence is nothing special, it is something quite simple, modest, insignificant and personal.
But it has great and powerful impacts on us when it comes to finding our own balance.


'Sleeping Budha' by Walde Jansky


Silence is something that can be experienced in the open nature while hiking, relaxing at the water side, meditating and even photographing.
Silence is the revelation of beauty, and beauty is creating silence.


'Guendulain lake' by Martin Zalba


On this I would like to quote a phrase from India.
'Silence does not live on mountaintops, noise does not live in markets or on city streets, but it lives in the people's hearts.'
Once the silence has found its place in our hearts, we can fully accept and enjoy it.


'Silence inside' by Zachar Rise


Not only the visible can demonstrate silence. Even natural sounds are surrounded by a tangible silence affecting the human being.


'Silence' by Ellen Borggreve


We all know this. Be it the sound of a running brook, the wind in the trees, the rain in the forest or singing of birds in open countryside.


'….the atmosphere of the morning…' by Johanes Januar


It is simply a matter of not only seeing nature - in other words, the subject - but also feeling it. Let us take advantage of what nature has to offer us.


'Autumn Weather, Autumn Mood' by Yvette Depaepe


Observe how the light changes, the temperatures fluctuate, the clouds move and what different sounds can be heard. Be silent, as nature is.


'Silence' by Keren Or


Experience the incredibly soothing and free feeling that connects directly to your nature moment.


'Morning routine' by Aidong Ning


Through photography to see it, it is indescribable because photography is a good medium to produce silence.


'Wisdom grows in quiet places' by Yvette Depaepe


In terms of visual art media, photography can be seen as the medium most suited to producing authentic experiences of silence because a photograph is not made up of sounds, and because in a photograph the gaze is focused on a fixed, non-moving situation.


'morning light' by Leo Walter


Silence in photos goes down well with most people. This is due to the desire for silence outlined above. People usually feel inwardly touched by this kind of silence.


n/t by David Dubnitskiy


Silence is a fundamental and profound phenomenon in photography. Those who understand and experience silence will be able to better understand and classify their style of photography and have a chance to develop further.


'Silence' by Phillip Chang


Open your eyes, be silent and enjoy few splendid photos that are closely related to the silence around us.


'The Great Silence' by Ester Margraff



'SilentDream' by Marcel Egger



'Flying to the moon' by Miro Susta



'Nun’s world' by Marco Tagliarino



'shadow' by Masatoshi Washimi



n/t by Stanislav Hricko



'Silence' by Claas Michalik



'Walk with me' by Elisabeth van Helden


Finally, a few proverbs on silence

'In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.'
Robert Lynd, 1892-1970, Irish writer, editor of poetry, urbane literary essayist, socialist and Irish nationalist.


'Time to seed…' by Yvette Depaepe


'How great are the advantages of solitude! How sublime is the silence of nature's ever-active energies! There is something in the very name of wilderness, which charms the ear, and soothes the spirit of man. There is religion in it.'
Estwick Evans, 1787-1866, American philosopher and lawyer.


'Lost in autumn' by Lydia Jacobs


'Nothing has changed the nature of man so much as the loss of silence.'  
Max Picard, 1888-1965, Swiss physician, writer and philosopher.


'Keep on going' by Gilbert Claes


'I like to sit in my backyard. I go out on the hammock and sit in silence and kind of meditate. Nature is calming, and it is nice to go out there and clear my head.'
Devon Werkheiser, American actor and musician.


'Doesn’t matter' by Yancho Sabev


'The language of nature is silence.'
Bryant McGill, American poet, and prose writer.


'Silence' by Kazuaki Koseki


'The places of quiet are going away, the churches, the woods, the libraries. And it is only in silence we can hear the voice inside of us which gives us true peace.'
James Rozoff, American writer.


'About silence' by Zachar Rise


'The silence of nature is very real. It surrounds you, you can feel it.' 
Ted Trueblood, 1913-1982, American writer and nature conservationist.


''Tunnel View – Yosemite' by Wanghan Li


'Tranquillity, serenity, and beauty of nature taught me how to find happiness in life and in the silence of eternity.'
Debasish Mridha, American physician, philosopher, poet and writer.


'Eternity' by Chris Moore


What else can be written on this topic?
Search for a scenery, a motif. Prepare your camera, focus on the subject, work creatively with the light and reduce stimuli and unwanted objects until the photo feels perfect…… be silent, enjoy the silence around you instead.
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Dear Miro, thank you so much for the great article, impressive collection of images and also for choosing my old forgotten image :)
Many thanks dear Walde for your nice words of appreciation, it was pleasure for me to select your wonderful photo.
Thank you very much! The article is great!
Thank you dear Victoria, I'm happy to see that you like it
So emotional!Soulful, powerful, meaningful images, splendid article!
Great thanks for your wonderful words of praise dear Gabriela
Thanks a lot dear Yvette and Miro .
You are most welcome dear Phillip
Great article, Miro ... thanks for choosing some of my images.
You are most welcome dear Yvette, many thanks for your nice words of praise.
Great subject, beautiful collection . I like very much the addition of images that are not smoky or fuzzy, things that are often associated with "silence".
Many thanks for your nice comments and words of appreciation dear Mariuca.
wonderful relaxing images. Great work. Thx Miro and Yvette.
Thank you very much dear Iris.
Wonderful serie, splendid images, thank very much Miro and Yvette for this magnificent topic on silence !!!
Many thanks for your nice words of appreciation dear Thierry.
I can't give up silence: this gallery interprets it in a sublime way. Thank you!
Great thanks for your wonderful words of praise dear Raffaele, I appreciate it very much.
I love this topic: Silence. Very powerful collection of images and great writing. Thank you dear Miro and Yvette!
We are glad to see that you like it dear Aidong , thank you.
Lovely compilation.
Great thanks dear Ineke
Fantastic showcase, well done to all who have contributed !
Many thanks for your nice appreciation dear Ray
Great article with beautiful selection. Thank you so much dear Miro and Yvette🌷
we appreciate your lovely words of praise very much dear Lydia
Thanks a lot for selecting one of my photos here and feel honored! Thanks for the writing "Silence : a source of great strength." and the wonderful collection. Appreciate very much for doing this, Miro and Yvette. Learning.
Many thanks for very nice comment and praise dear Wanghan
A beautiful article with spectacular images. Congrats and thanks so much.
Thank you very much for your appreciation dear Montserrat