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“Jonathan Levitt's Echo Mask has the ineffable quality of a dissolving dream” - Brad Zellar
“Echo Mask feels like a haunted memory of a future that we have yet to engage with” - Todd Hido
“Mysterious and hypnotic” - Igor Posner
"In the form of a photobook, Jonathan Levitt has made a work of arresting poetry.” - Bryan Schutmaat
“A heart-wrenchingly beautiful book, Echo Mask lives at the intersection of calmness and brutality, beauty and desperation” - Andrea Modica
The photographs in Echo Mask were made primarily in the Maritime Northeast between Newfoundland and Maine, and around the mangrove islands and hardwood hammocks of the subtropical Southeast.
Inspired by natural history, mythology, and a primordial view of the natural world as a place alive and enchanted, photographer Jonathan Levitt went looking for the endangered and haunted places - natural landscapes still enlivened by intact habitat and the corresponding wild animals.
The resulting images: gannets soaring around their nests at Cape St. Mary’s; a humpback whale in the rain near Grand Manan Island at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy; wading bird rookeries in the cypress swamps near Chokoloskee in Florida, are presented in a sequence meant to evoke elements of animistic art and fossils of classical poetry from oral cultures - particularly synesthesia, transmogrification, onomatopoeia, and a non linear sense of time.
Clothbound with tip-in
9.25 x 12 inches
Edition of 1000
Shipping in November
“So many photo books today can be quickly and easily shoehorned into several categories: Self-indulgent exhibitionism; the polemical jackhammer; exploitation limbo; and pretty, pretty world (or, just as often, ugly, ugly world). There are wonderful books in every one of these categories, as well as many tedious books. Jonathan Levitt's Echo Mask is something else, and --like some of the work of Pentti Sammallahti, Trent Parke, and many of the best Japanese photographers--has the ineffable quality of a dissolving dream, or a half-remembered narrative that might be reconstructed dozens of different ways by the imagination. Levitt drifts through these pages like a ghost, invisible even to himself, and his work has an elusive and dark mystery, something that it shares with--and that unmistakably binds it to--the world." - Brad Zellar
“Echo Mask feels like a haunted memory of a future that we have yet to engage with. There seems to be a simplicity in living that almost makes one covet what seems to be coming. Carefully made dark images possess a surreality that makes it a joy to narratively piece together a poetic journey. Many of these places I wish I was able to be enveloped in their ocean mist.” - Todd Hido
"Echo Mask – mysterious, hypnotic, and a rare specimen of a book, where it’s almost impossible to single out or prefer any one element, either of content or of form. The idea of the work is beautifully hidden in the subtle balance of the elements that composes it. At its core it attempts to connect us with our primeval nature of existence, but it doesn’t do so by following the patterns of logical speculation, instead the pictures create an infinite number of associations. Upon several viewings one realizes that this book is just as much about seeing as it is hearing. Levitt subtly makes the viewer levitate above or with the pictures, thus making the experience to attain not only mental, but a physical element, where the viewer inadvertently becomes a participant." - Igor Posner
“A heart-wrenchingly beautiful book, Echo Mask lives at the intersection of calmness and brutality, beauty and desperation. It asks the sly, seductive question of when it might be appropriate to foster, when it is sensible to destroy and when it is best to simply leave things as they are found.” - Andrea Modica
"The misty landscapes and disquieting depictions of people and animals in Echo Mark take viewers through literal and psychological haze, creating a world that's evocative, beautiful, and strange. In the form of a photobook, Jonathan Levitt has made a work of arresting poetry." - Bryan Schutmaat