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2017 – Ongoing

 

 Easter weekend 2018, France.   Organ player at the start of Easter mass, followed by lighting of the candle during Easter Vigil, finally, Easter mass well wishing.

Easter weekend 2018, France. 

Organ player at the start of Easter mass, followed by lighting of the candle during Easter Vigil, finally, Easter mass well wishing.

 Images from the first community I connected with, Bethany Christian church in Arapahoe, North Carolina.  Above left image is a bouquet of flowers, each representing a departed family members or friend of the congregation, which they opted to use and assemble instead of candles during All Saints Sunday. Followed by a bible study and a gathering of the Deacons before communion. Bellow left, bells practice, reverend Torrie Osgood´s sermon on subjects of discipline and determination and finally, a peek at the children´s study room. 

Images from the first community I connected with, Bethany Christian church in Arapahoe, North Carolina.

Above left image is a bouquet of flowers, each representing a departed family members or friend of the congregation, which they opted to use and assemble instead of candles during All Saints Sunday. Followed by a bible study and a gathering of the Deacons before communion. Bellow left, bells practice, reverend Torrie Osgood´s sermon on subjects of discipline and determination and finally, a peek at the children´s study room. 

What makes us closer? What connects around the feeling of belonging to something that is grand and more powerful than us? Some call it God, some call it energy... It comes in multiple names and forms, representing all sorts of ideologies. It helps us overcome obstacles and reassures us that we are not alone. At times, leading our lives towards a path of self reflection and growth. It is used in exemplary ways and as we know, the opposite applies, impacting religious communities and influencing their following. Our generation´s media-packed routine has also created a platform for independent, individual thinking that can participate in a lack of trust towards established, leading communities. We think our world is more connected and accepting, which is accurate in plenty of ways but I believe we also live in more fear and seclusion than we ever have. This complicated situation has initiated a wish in me to return to the basics. Those that make us connect as human beings and that connect us to common senses.

I grew up in a multicultural family, experiencing contrasting religions and surrounded by a diverse array of people, who´s beliefs I have always appreciated. One of my deepest rooted convictions is that the core foundation of our lives should be build with tolerance, respect and care towards others. Knowing that this sentiment is widely shared, the project gives me hope of catching a glimpse of our spiritual, loving essence. Regardless of our believes, race, gender or sexual orientationI, I aim to portray true connexion and emphasis on the resemblance that I trust we all share.