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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Fall Of The Raven is a work of artistic display and conceptual comings-together, and it was created by the artist Thymournia (Ali Sheikhaleslami). This soulful and heartfelt book presents a journey of realism and abstract concepts as the author/artist connects images from fine art photography to penned poetic verses to get their points across. What results is the developing story of a raven, moving through different scenes of the world, observing but often ignored. The bird begins to act as our central protagonist and representation of the author as we too witness the isolation of the creature against the backdrop of the many ugly truths of the world.
It is rare to find an expression of fine art that is so instantly accessible and easily understood by its audience, but author and artist Thymournia achieves this beautifully with an open, raw and emotive expression of words and images. The journey of the raven takes us to a stark world where photography becomes a truth-telling medium, rather than its filtered place in the fake world of today. This starkness tells the tale of a broken creature, wandering the world seeking place and purpose, and the journey becomes more and more relatable as it progresses. Alongside the high-impact imagery, Thymournia’s expressive and poetic words convey deep sorrow, heartbreak, and isolation without ever being too explicit or derivative. What results is an experience like no other, and I would definitely recommend Fall Of The Raven to any reader seeking to truly connect with art and photography on a deeper level.