The Locusts

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Charcoal Press, 2020. First edition of 1,500 copies.
Embossed hardback with tipped-in image, 248 x 310 mm, 144 pp., 74 b/w illustrations. Photographs and design by Jesse Lenz.

“It’s a wonderful, very personal work, almost an elegy. Details from life, not of theory. Perhaps this is old fashioned, but 'true to life' is still, to my mind, the highest accomplishment.” Emmet Gowin

“Turning the pages is like moving through tall grass at dusk, a mix of trepidation and wonder. “ Jack Woody, Twin Palms

“Ethereal, tender and ultimately affirming. The Locusts is also the most finely crafted book I’ve held in a long time.” Raymond Meeks

The Locusts is the first monograph by photographer and publisher Jesse Lenz. His images transport the reader to rural Ohio where his children run wild in the fields, build forts in the attic, and fall asleep surrounded by lightsabers and superheroes. The microcosmic worlds of plants, insects, animals, and children create a brooding landscape where dichotomies of nature play out in front of his growing family. The backyard becomes a labyrinth of passages as the children experience the cycles of birth and death in the changing seasons. The Locusts depicts a world in which beautiful and terrible things will happen, but offers grace and healing within the brokenness and imperfection of life.


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