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Wonderland Trilogy
by Jason Eskenazi

Eskenazi’s Trilogy (Wonderland, Black Garden, and Departure Lounge),  follows the outline of fairytales. Reflecting back, Eskenazi realized he was, “unconsciously imitating the classic structures of fairy tales.” He goes on to explain that “in most fairytales, the parent or maternal figure dies, and the child is left on their own to discover the dangers of the world through maturation.”  

Wonderland becomes the light dream; Black Garden, “the dark reality of war, subjugation, and destruction;” Departure Lounge- a more personal book incorporating characters from the previous two- the final synthesis. Each book contains three chapters, adding up to a total of nine for Eskenazi’s nine muses. The photographs are numbered 1-314, a nod to PI. The woman in the first frame of Wonderland reappears thirty years later in the last frame of Departure Lounge. Explaining his sequencing, Eskenazi writes, “The author tells himself a secret story to create a sequence, then the viewer interprets the book for themselves afterword. Like music there are dense parts and and simpler parts, there are half steps, quarter notes, sharps and flats.” 

Thirty years after arriving in Moscow, Eskenazi’s work on the Trilogy is complete. “Photography has always been a way for me to enter other worlds… Without it I would have been a lesser human being. But there comes a point when you need to download all those experiences and make sense of it and reflect. Backyards are good for that.”

Book Details:

Wonderland

 

  • Trilogy Edition
  • 14.5 x 21 cm
  • 224 pages
  • 77 black & white photographs / Duotone
  • Open spine binding

 

Black Garden

  • First Edition
  • 184 pages
  • 29 x 21 cm
  • 154 black & white photographs / Duotone
  • Open spine binding

Departure Lounge

  • First Edition
  • 184 pages
  • 14.5 x 21 cm
  • 83 black & white photographs / Duotone
  • Open spine binding
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