jaworskijason March, 2011. Exactly five years ago to this day I made it to #Fukushima by foot, train and hitchhiking right after the terrible #311 earthquake & tsunami. More often than not when hitchhiking I'll listen to #MariahCarey to keep me awake (and in good spirits) from the seemingly endless walking that can accompany the majority of the day until a passing stranger picks you up. Japan was no different. After finally sneaking my way past the final radiation security checkpoint with a man searching for his mother- I reached the coast. I thought it was raining at first, but soon realized the droplet of liquid on my face was a tear; a micro out of body experience akin to staring at a wound on your own arm and not feeling the pain for a blink of a moment till after your body recognizes it's you. And what is it to write down a memory but a constant of consonants and vowels swirling in one’s head while you try to keep up with the images of remembered moments in front of you? I’ve remembered this moment in words before, but each time it seems different: the color of the sky, that deep crimson of a ray that seemed perfectly offset by the cream of the walls and tatami mats. Out of all the things I’ve tried to forget and all the many more I’ve clung to in order to remember, I’m grateful that every memory from my time out in #Japan, although having happened half a decade ago, feels as though it were but a minute ago. That woman’s hands digging into the earth in order to find photos of her son, the last look she gave in a gaze from a car window, the snow falling a few days before that, sleeping under an overturned boat or inside a photobooth, using newspapers for insulation thinking it would help hold the heat (it did), and every friend I thought of while laying down on the ground, looking up at the stars of that Japan swath of sky, hearing the sounds of the crows and all the people scratching around searching for something or someone they could recognize in the rubble. It breaks my heart every time, remembering it, and it always seems to happen during sunrise as it was then as well as how it is now, driving down a nameless road in a bus headed toward Philly. 🏽 2mon

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jaworskijason Some more clips I shot on my phone from the past few weeks. In some ways it makes sense that I edited them on a flight headed back to LA a week ago and wrote this text on a new flight leaving it. Memory for me always seems to come in flashes, similar to the centrifugal rotation of images in a zoetrope or the unfurling of a rolodex of moments: A woman seated singing to herself on the bank of a beach in #Essaouira, tracing the rain on a Moroccan train to #Marrakech, the lights of #Fes outside a taxi window fogged in the morning before sunrise, crossing the Straight of Gibraltar by plane, Europe to Africa & Africa to Europe, seeing silhouettes of your face in the Sahara however many miles above the earth, all the amazing #Imazighen faces in the mountains, meeting Josefina on the train, Larbi in Fes, Clara in Marrakech, the landscape of Spain from a plane, leaving Lavapiés and the late night streets of Malasaña, sweet Sonia and @mirenpastor at @blankpaperesc & @latroupemadrid, both Juans and Boni @photobookclubmadrid 🏽 Watching a plane meet its shadow on the ground now, I'm overcome by the strange feeling of never feeling still unless I'm moving toward or away from something. Thanks again to everyone for all the help and inspiration the past few weeks on my travels 🏽 2mon

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jaworskijason Whenever on a plane I always wonder how many people there are floating above and flying around the world at any given moment. Of course, the internet knows: 600,000, similar to the size of a city like Helsinki. Looking out the window of a plane now, all I can think of is time passed & past time: ️ Watching the sunrise in four different continents over the past four weeks, standing in a crowd of pigeons in #Istanbul, laughing to that song #HowBizarre at the Grand Bazaar, sharing headphones with @cutxpaste while staring out a bus window on the way to the African coast, echoes of Monk covering Chet in 'Everything Happens To Me’, looking over every photo and video as a portico of the past to my person’s building, remembering all the images I was unable to capture: fires in the distance along the Atlas Mountains, children hiking home down the slope of a winding roadway, digging my hands into some Sahara snow, the family of waterfalls converging into the Ourika river, camels sniffing the leaves of trees covered in goats as though they were sprouted fruit, yellow flowers in bloom on a field outside a plane window at LAX. And all I can think of, both now and then, is when I'll leave again. How fast a hummingbird must move in order to stand still; to arrive nowhere. 🕯 Thanks to everyone all over who helped and inspired me the past few weeks on my travels 🏽 Sonia @ #Dalpine @latroupemadrid @blankpaperesc @mirenpastor @maria_rojascap @photobookclubmadrid @mmpva @mattrevelli @jy.ah.min 2mon

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jaworskijason How does one begin to describe an event so serendipitous it seems scheduled? The last time something like this happened I was going through security at JFK airport where a guard searching through my bag noticed a photograph of her old house which turned out to be in an album I picked up at a thrift store with decades' worth of photos from her family This time, in Fes, walking by an old camera shop around the corner from the riad I'm staying at inside the old medina, I noticed a familiar face next to the fading Kodak & Fuji signs. I'd walked by the shop my first day in the city, exchanging a second glance and a smile with the man, but was unable to place his face in my memory. Then, later into the night I realized he was the main subject in #ErikKessels' #InAlmostEveryPicture photobook series I'd seen years ago at @dashwood_books and in a recent exhibition at @pier24photography 👁 I could hardly sleep, and in the morning rushed to the shop to find the man inside, Larbi Laaraichi, blasting disco music and flashing laser lights. Such a warm, wonderful and inviting person, he took me and @cutxpaste into his shop for some Moroccan mint whiskey while showing us years & years of his work After finding out we were leaving at sunrise on a train to Marrakech, he offered his own house as a home for us on our next trip to #Fes with a home-cooked meal. "Couscous- I prepare the best for you!" I thanked him in as many languages that we shared #merci #شكرا and after several long extended handshakes, hugs & cheek kisses, we left, winding down the medina alleyway that led to our riad. And I'm still trying to figure out how it happened that in the one of the oldest, largest and most labyrinthine medieval cities in the world, one of nearly ten thousand twisting alleys, dead ends and blind turns, he was only a few feet away from me 🏽 #LarbiLaaraichi #ErikKessels #KesselsKramer #FesElBali #photobookjousting 3mon

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jaworskijason Spent all day exploring the old medina in #Fes today and came across these kids doing backflips off a small stump of land on the outer walls of a gated embankment. As soon as they saw me they started screaming and pointing at my camera. I gave it to them to take photos of each other, each one laughing and throwing the camera around while others continued to do backflips in the background. Wandering around the inside of the old medina afterward, people rushing by on scooters down narrow 3ft wide walkways, chickens, pigeons, rats and roosters congregating with cats underneath the canopies of fruit stands, the smell of pigeon shit from the tanneries burning its way around the corner, a stranger following me for however long talking to me in Korean, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese before being stopped to watch a soccer game, climbing on top of a riad rooftop to watch the city sleep at night, hours later a view of the sunrise from the Merenid Tombs- it's only been a day but I can comfortably say I fucking love Fes. Walking its streets feels like meeting someone for the first time and realizing you've been missing them every day previous and don't want to be without them any day afterward. On the flight over here to Africa, scrunched up in a middle seat reading #Bashō, I'm reminded now of a line he wrote: "Even in Kyoto... I long for Kyoto." I can't help but feel the same way about Fes. 3mon

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jaworskijason It's been one of the greatest honors of my life to have my recent solo show nominated for an @icp Infinity Award in the art category this past year, it was originally scheduled to come down months ago in November, but after having been extended numerous times due to its popularity, Thinking Of You will celebrate its final day up at the beautiful @bookdummypress gallery in @manacontemporary this Sunday, Feb.21st as part of the #ManaContemporary Winter Open House I'm in Madrid right now so I won't be able to make the event, but if you go make sure to say hi to @victor_sira & @shiori_kawasaki, two of the sweetest people you'll ever meet, amazing photographers, bookmakers & the ones behind #bookdummypress Thank you to everyone who's ever helped or hated me, I put my entire life into this show and I can't wait to put everything and more into the next The event is from 1-6pm this Sunday, 2/21 FREE shuttles every 30min from the #NY @Milk Studios location in Chelsea 🏽 3mon

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jaworskijason The last time I was in #Morocco & #Spain was over a decade and a half ago, they still used pesetas for cash instead of the euro, I was a foot shorter, 10lbs heavier, sporting a funny haircut, and I'm guessing a lot more has changed since then besides my haircut, height and weight Gonna be going back out there for two weeks, if anyone has any recommendations about #Madrid, #Marrakech, #Fes, or #Essaouira let me know, bookstores, food, friends- anything is much appreciated! Thanks mom for sending this photo to remind me of all the great wardrobe and hairstyle choices I've made throughout the years 🤓 #tbt 3mon

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jaworskijason Still in a daze from the past few days, I was busy posting goodies on the @10x10photobooks feed during #LAABF so I didn't share much here, but now that everything's done and over I wanted to thank all the friends fans neighbors and strangers who came out to my booth over the weekend I've been making books & things for longer than I can remember, thank you for allowing me to turn the things I make on paper into another form of paper that pays for rent, sandwiches, snacks and trips, all the support is a dream to me and I'm forever grateful for all the amazing things each of you allows me to do 🏽 Thank you to everyone who bought books including #AlecSoth (@littlebrownmushroom) who got one of the last copies of #Labyrinth before we sold out of it and @fraenkelgallery who got the last copy of #ThinkingOfYou before we sold out of that! To all my neighbors and everyone in the Focus:Photography Mezzanine, to @mocalosangeles for having us all here, and to @jordannassar @sh_mi_ca & the entire #PrintedMatter family for organizing everything, I love you For everyone who wasn't able to pick up copies of Thinking Of You, Labyrinth & my #TwoWintersLong print set because they sold out, @momaps1 @dashwood_books @bookdummypress @printedmatterinc still had copies last I checked Can't wait to see you all again next year 3mon

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jaworskijason Happy to announce I'm doing a special #LAABF IG takeover at @10x10photobooks ! Follow along if you like books and stories like the one below 🗣 I found this book at a junk market in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and was immediately taken aback by its incredibly intricate and simultaneously strong and brusque sequencing, every few pages meandering and moving through different parcels of time. Great books and art alike have the capacity to transport you, and with this book I was taken to a conversation I had years ago in JFK Airport. My flight was delayed so I took out a book and started reading. Then I heard a soft voice from around the corner: "I love that book. You know, you're the only one here reading without headphones on." I looked up and there he was: #DavidFosterWallace. From there our conversation wandered and we started talking about editing. He was in the middle of putting together what he called "The Book" and was telling me the trouble he had with it. "In a way I sort of envy the way a photographer can edit their books. With imagery you can be more elusive and experimental but still have accessibility to an audience while being abstract. If someone read a sentence I wrote linking everything you do with photos I'd be seen as some abstract abstruse douche, but that same person reading that same sentence written in imagery, they wouldn't really bat an eye at it, they'd actually try to create their own story, it would become more personal. It's these clicks- humans are naturally drawn to some sort of narrative, it's that sort of fill in the blank quality that comes naturally." A few years later I was driving down the coast of CA when I heard the news of his suicide. A long drive has in it the capacity to sometimes solve certain things; unplanned, I got on the I-10 freeway and headed east, not stopping until I hit New Mexico, studying the stars and opening up this book. Reading Jin Ohashi's imagery now, I still see the craft in each of his photographic sentences, each one building into a stronger prism of pages, the book, like the best photobooks, giving fewer answers and more questions with each viewing, a visual acuity nascent and inherent in each image 3mon

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jaworskijason Kids in Kep, Cambodia 🏾 Image part of my new #photobook #TwoWintersLong officially launching today at the #LAArtBookFair, nearly 200pgs of photos, text & drawings from #Cambodia #Oahu #NY #NJ #PA #LA #SF #SD #TJ Just writing all those places has me thinking of that Lisa Stansfield song Been Around The World Anyway, it's been awhile, I miss you come say hi 🏽 Booth E33 in the Focus:Photography Mezzanine @mocalosangeles @printedmatterinc #LAABF #35mm #ContaxT3 #trix400 #photobookjousting 3mon

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jaworskijason Melting multicolored prayer candle wax onto the covers of my new photobook #TwoWintersLong releasing this Thursday, Feb.11th at the #LAArtBookFair at @mocalosangeles!! So honored to be exhibiting in the Focus:Photography section for a second year in a row, so much good stuff, hope to see you there!! If you can't make the preview on Thursday, the Fair is FREE all weekend long starting Friday @printedmatterinc @sskpress Booth E33 🏽 #LAABF #photobookjousting 3mon

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jaworskijason Humidified toner experiments for #LAABF #LAArtBookFair 🤓🤓 4mon

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jaworskijason After combing through thousands of photographs, drawings and texts, my new #photobook #TwoWintersLong is finally done being edited! Nearly 200 pgs, now comes the fun part of printing, binding and creating the covers! These ones are extra special and are going to be dotted with melted multicolor prayer wax, more photos coming soon! I'll be launching the book this week at my solo @sskpress table in the @printedmatterinc #LAArtBookFair at @mocalosangeles along with a bunch of other new goodies and #ValentinesDay treats! Can't wait to see you there! #LAABF #photobookjousting 4mon

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jaworskijason #LA! If you're free tomorrow come celebrate King @hamburger_eyes 15 years of publishing at the new @slow_culture spot in Chinatown!! So honored to be part of it all with 7 of my own photos amongst the 500 from 50 other photographers including buddies @luuuluuuu @jasonsimonrobertsdobrin @dennis_mcgrath and a ton more! I fucking love you @rays_electronics you're the best, the king of everything! Show opens tomorrow, Feb.5th from 7-10pm, 943 N Hill Street, hope to see you there! 🖖🏽👁👁🖖🏽 #hamburgereyes #slowculture 4mon

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jaworskijason It was the second day I saw him. He must have followed me for hours while I walked and wandered around a shanty home underneath a bridge by the #TonleSap River in #PhnomPenh. No matter where I went it seemed that he was always behind me, never saying a word, smiling whenever I took out my camera. As the afternoon started to give way to evening, I got ready to leave; it was only a day ago that a man attempted suicide from the top of the bridge. I can still remember running after him, unable to speak Khmer but waving my arms for him not to do it, cars driving by like it was a normal occurrence, their passengers more curious about the tall foreigner than the man about to jump. Thankfully, that never happened. He got off the ledge, making eye contact for a brief blip before walking away. It was an expression that I'll never forget and one I was surprised to see now on the little boy's face in front of me as I was leaving. His eyes opened up in a way that showed a combination of sadness and wherewithal that I'd never seen until that day before from the jumper: an unrelenting recognition and wisdom of one's own situation. I didn't know how to react and simply smiled. He picked up a tire that was on the floor and wheeled it toward me. I wheeled it back and he changed his gaze, laughing at the tire, letting it fall into the earth- a plume of dust kicked up in its wake while I walked away waving. Hours later, in a hotel room writing down new thoughts on old pieces of paper, being confronted with the conundrum of how best to give someone something intangible but entirely necessary: love # #35mm #ContaxG2 #trix400 4mon

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jaworskijason Stepped outside for the first time in a few days today, been editing and working nonstop on one of the largest books I've ever made #TwoWintersLong, seems like I've been seeing this movie in my head for awhile now, combining over a hundred photographs like the one above along with drawings and thoughts from the past season, it's all coming together in time for the @printedmatterinc #LAArtBookFair at @mocalosangeles where I'll be exhibiting @sskpress with lots of exciting new goodies and #ValentinesDay treats, can't wait to share everything with you! #LAABF # #NY #35mm #ContaxT3 #trix400 4mon

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jaworskijason Thanks so much to everyone that came out last night, I can't believe it, the line was fucking crazy!! A big thank you to the sweet people at @slow_culture & @sundaylosangeles and everyone that bought prints 🏽🏽 If you weren't able to make it inside before the police and their helicopter (?!) tried to shut things down, the show is up till Jan.31st! Wednesday-Saturday 12-6pm & Sunday 12-4pm 4mon

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jaworskijason #LA buddies! If any of you are free today I’m gonna be in this group show at @slow_culture tonight, 7-10pm! I’ll be donating my entire portion of the proceeds to charity and the gallery is donating too, all for a good cause ‘cause why not! Hope to see you there! Thanks so much to Adi at @sundaylosangeles for everything!! 4mon

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jaworskijason So excited to announce that I shot the cover of @vice last month where they did a special feature on my photobook #Labyrinth! There's so many people to thank but I want to give a special to my lover @davidchoe, foreign DP boyfriend @luuuluuuu, model mami @quangou, my Filipino family @pacoraterta Czar @madelinesdog, the Midgetz gang, everyone in the slums & a super special thanks to the amazing and always awesome @elizabethrenstrom for everything If anyone wants a print of this I made an edition of 5 that I'm showing in a group show this Friday at #SlowCulture with a bunch of other rad people put together by the good folks at @sundaylosangeles @slow_culture & @unif, I'm donating everything I make to charity and the gallery is donating some too, all for a good cause 'cause why not, hope to see you there! 4mon

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jaworskijason Almost two weeks now into the new year and there’s still shrapnel from the past one so enmeshed within my person that it’s just as hard to forget about some things as it is to remember others: seeing the strongest person you know break down in a hospital hallway, holding a hand smaller than your finger, hiking through Griffith Park to see where a friend is resting, and barely being strong enough to say goodbye for each of those occasions. Staring outside my window now, just past 6am, I think of all the other people who have or will gaze at this same sunrise: 15hrs ago a rooftop in Phnom Penh, 2hrs from now an alcove in Oahu, 3hrs ago a window in New York, 17hrs ago a garden in Tokyo, and now, that same sunrise greets my very own window here in Los Angeles. And it might be due to a slightly sleepy delirium or the fact that shuffle has decided to play 3 George Michael songs in a row, but I feel such a strong urge to thank everyone in my life right now; this past year was one of the heaviest, hardest, most amazingly beautiful and rewarding years of my life, it's so rare to get a year like this and for everyone who helped me, everyone who said hello, to all the new friends and people in my life, all of those I've known for so long, and to everyone I have yet to meet- thank you. Happy New Year 4mon

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