Reviews

Every religion makes us sensitive to the fact that the world we live in is only a small aspect of a larger whole, but at the same time reassures us that we can access this whole as long as we undertake the journey on an existing path, rooted in tradition.[…]
The Inward Moment. The Human Being and the Sacred, a beautiful and extraordinary photo book by Andrzej Ziółkowski, which you hold in your hands, shows the religious cosmos in a very intimate way, focussing on both the most fragile and at the same time the most powerful element of this phenomenon – the human being.

Olga Tokarczuk (from the Foreword)

The promotion of religious harmony is one of my four life-long commitments. […]
An effective way to promote religious harmony is for the different traditions to provide resources for educating each other about their beliefs and practices. I am pleased that the photographer Andrzej Ziolkowski’s illustrated book […] makes a distinct contribution towards a better understanding of various spiritual traditions.
It is the more heartening that he has been inspired by my friend and spiritual brother, the late Father Bede Griffiths.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama (from the Foreword)

The Benedictine monk Bede Griffths and Fr. Joseph Samarakone OMI, rooted in their own Christian faith, entered into a deep spiritual dialogue with the followers of other spiritual traditions. I am happy to note that inspired by the spiritual testaments of  Bede Griffths and Joseph Samarakone, Andrzej Ziółkowski, in his book The Inward Moment. The Human Being and the Sacred narrates the profound religious sense expressed through rites and customs of different religious traditions, through the lens of his camera […].
I am sure that this photo-book will contribute, in his own unique way, towards furthering interreligious understanding and appreciation.

Secretary for the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue
Msgr. Indunil J. Kodithuwakku K

On Saturday, June 26, 2021, on the second day of the festival “Spirituality-Recapitulations” an extraordinary circumstance – the world premiere of the album The Inward Moment. The Human being and the Sacred, and the opening of an exhibition under the same title. The album is the fruit of many years of Andrzej Ziółkowski’s work, his numerous travels in Southeast Asia, India, Nepal and Tibet India, as well as his own spiritual quest. He wandered, stopped, contemplated, caught with his camera the sacred, transgressive, metaphysical moments of religions and cultures present in and coexisting, sometimes with difficulty in this spiritually charged region.

Bogdan Białek
Psychologist, founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of psychological magazine “Charaktery” (until 2020)

Andrzej Ziółkowski expresses in his unique photographs a deeper understanding of the great religions of the world.
Almost 30 years ago, I collaborated with the legendary English Benedictine monk, mystic and sage Bede Griffiths, in the compilation of his 600-page life’s work Universal Wisdom, in order to make mankind understand, on the basis of the various Holy Scriptures, that all human beings are indiscriminately equal in the deepest inner religious Original Source. Andrzej Ziółkowski has admirably reinforced the spiritual legacy of Bede Griffiths with his outstanding photographs. This book should touch the hearts of people in the 21st century.

Roland R. Ropers
Cultural and Linguistic Philosopher

To catch the elusive in words or images is a huge challenge.
A captivating photo book about the path to the Absolute.
And about the fact that this path can be a work of art in itself.
Magical photographs and a passionate story about the human being, the beauty and the power of the spirit.

Maja Jaszewska
Journalist, poet, writer

In art, truth is the most important thing. The intention of depicting or telling a story should be rooted in the absolute need to speak about what moves us most at each stage of life. Andrzej Ziółkowski, fascinated by the work of the English Benedictine Bede Griffiths has blended with the atmosphere of religious rituals to tell us about the spirituality of people of different faiths. Viewing his album or exhibition we are in the midst of these, on the one hand very different practices, but on the other, equally necessary and sustaining hope.

Tomek Sikora
Photographer