In The Seraphim, the second installment of Jesse Lenz’s formidable photobook septology, “The Seven Seals,” the photographer delves deeper into his creative imaginative and prescient, exploring the profound connection between destruction and renewal, terror and hope. Constructing on the imaginative and prescient of his first guide, The Locusts, Lenz observes his kids and their interactions with the encircling atmosphere, the microcosmic world of bugs, vegetation, and wild animals they encounter, artfully mirroring the cyclical nature of life and weaving a visible tapestry that finds enchantment within the acquainted and transforms the mundane into the magical. Set throughout the panorama of rural Ohio, the place Lenz resides, the household farm and its environment rework from the easy to the extraordinary, transporting us again to the thrill, curiosity, and vulnerability of childhood. Intimate portrayals of his kids develop into common archetypes for our personal development and the inevitable feelings that accompany them.
The Seven Seals of the Apocalypse encourage the framework of every guide within the collection, symbolizing a stage of not solely his kids’s development but in addition his personal private evolution. The pure world turns into an antidote to the disenchantment of modernity, nurturing a way of surprise in his kids—a valuable season that requires unique consideration and persistence. The place The Locusts witnessed how Lenz started to understand a world he had lengthy neglected, The Seraphim implores the need for continued contemplation of man and nature, longing and readability, life, and dying. The kid’s world, the place actuality and creativeness seamlessly merge, gives the proper stage for this important transformational course of. —Alex Nicholson
Charcoal Press, Charcoalpress.com // The Seraphim is as a result of launch November 2023.