Jonathan Levitt (b. 1978) is a writer and visual artist working with documentary photography. His background is in literary journalism and and the anthropology and history of food. He is a graduate of Hampshire College, the Dubrulle French Culinary Institute of Canada, and the Masters Program in Gastronomy at Boston University.
His first book – Mawooshen: Life and Landscape of the Maritime Archaic ( Los Angeles: Snail Press, 2016) looked at the geography of the Red Paint People – Archaic humans of unknown origins that appeared among the islands and coastal mountains of Penobscot Bay five thousand years ago. They thrived for about twelve hundred years, and then suddenly disappeared.
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.
Echo Mask is now available for pre-order via Charcoal Press.
To view more of jonathan levitt’s work please visit his website.