THE BRANDT SERIES: ONE EARTH, WITH CONSERVATION ON THREE LEVELS
The Brandt Series –
Conservation on three levels
Photography by Charles A.E. Brandt – Quote by Thomas Berry (1914 –2009)
“In reality, there is a single integral community of the Earth that includes all its component members whether human or other than human. In this community every being has its own role to fulfill, its own dignity, its own inner spontaneity. Every being has its own voice. Every being declares itself to the entire universe. Every being enters into communion with other beings. In every phase of our imaginative, aesthetic, and emotional lives we are profoundly dependent on this larger context of the surrounding world.”
About Frater M. Charles A.E. Brandt
A quiet, scholarly man, Charles Brandt lives in a rustic hermitage overlooking the Oyster River. Much of the lower floor is devoted to a modern, state of the art book bindery and paper conservation laboratory. Considered one of North America’s most skilled paper conservators, he is often called upon to travel throughout the world saving and preserving precious documents. However, he does not consider this his vocation.
“I am interested in conservation on three levels: Restoring and preserving mans’ contemplative spirit – mine and other people; restoring what flows from mans’ spirit – what he creates from his ink or crafts; and restoring and preserving the earth. If we don’t do this, we have nothing.”
Charles A.E. Brandt
Above photo credit: Nick Didlick
A Roman Catholic priest, an environmentalist and a modern day hermit with degrees in ornithology and wildlife conservation, Father Charles Brandt has lived alone on Vancouver Island for most of the past fifty years.
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