A Fool’s Journey
Fear Collection Ritual
Lucien Shapiro’s A Fools Journey: Fear Collection Ritual is a series of photographs and writings documenting a ten month project across the United States, France, and Germany. The goal of the fear collection ritual was to challenge people to confront themselves. Facing fear encourages growth in an individual, and hopefully can lead to the individual promoting further growth beyond themselves. A fear would be collected as an object, and brought into a vessel as the tour continued from city to city, until finally all of the fear objects were burned in a final ceremony in Johnson Valley. Each performance began with this quote,
“I am not acting as your Guru, because first of all I am not giving you any gratification . I am not telling you what you should do from moment to moment, or from day to day, but I’m pointing out something to you, you can take it or leave it. Depending on you, neither your worship, nor your flattery, nor your insults, nor your gods. I say this is a fact, take it or leave it, and most of you will leave it for the obvious reason that you do not find gratification in it.”—Krishnamurti
Cover design and interior layout by Shaun Roberts.
260 pages (color on coated 170 gsm paper), hardcover (faux leather with stamped typography), 5″ x 8″ inches.