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A book of photography by Yves Schiepek and poetry by Teresa Chuc Dowell.
2010 Grammy Nominee Art Director, Designer, Photographer and Producer Mathieu Bitton on Roots of Coincidence: Vietnam & Beyond:
"Bravo! Beautiful book, really beautiful photographs. Well done!"
A review of Teresa Chuc Dowell's poetry chapbook, Cartesian Product. Some of the poems also appear in Roots of Coincidence: Vietnam & Beyond:
"Truth at it's most tender and shocking. Teresa Chuc Dowell's 'Cartesian Product' tells the story of meetings, crossovers and collisions - interactions between generations, cultures and souls."
- Silkworms Ink, a literary journal based in the United Kingdom
This book, which includes photos taken during a 50-day journey through South-East Asia in the summer of 2010, is the entwining of three lives, one of which is a country and its people. The roots of coincidence are of both shadow and light. It has been thirty-five years since the end of the Vietnam/American War and we are both healing from the past and fascinated by the future of Vietnam. This is a story of Yves Schiepek, a German photographer, who was drawn to Vietnam through being moved by stories of the war and after connecting with its people. This book is also about Teresa Chuc Dowell, a poet and writer, who was born in Saigon soon after its fall in 1975. Teresa was drawn to Vietnam due to her personal history and the country's captivating beauty. Both photographer and poet hope to promote awareness of the on-going effects of war and that through our actions, we can bring forth some light. Throughout the book, one encounters beauty and darkness. Whether it is beauty or darkness that one stumbles upon, one can not help but feel slightly more human with the encounter.
"ROOTS OF COINCIDENCE" is dedicated to the disabled and disadvantaged people of Vietnam, especially to the children. Even though the pictures and poems may not be related to them, our attention was drawn to Vietnam through the learning of the suffering of its people in recent history, and how so many are still struggling with the remnants of war.
All proceeds from the sale of this book ($5 for the sale of each book) will go directly to East Meets West Foundation: Life is Beautiful campaign.