An installation of images and sound reinterpreting the space of a Spiritualist Church. The work documents the occurrences of three churches, situated on the edges of London.
Spiritualists believe in the continuation and survival of the soul after the death of the physical. It is considered that death is not the end and the spirit of the deceased live on in the spirit world. Through a medium, an individual with the ability to communicate with those that have passed over, messages are sent from one world to the next. Healing is also an important aspect of church practice. It is accepted that spirits send healing energies though the hands of healers to people in need of relief from their earthly ailments.
In these Spiritualist churches, people spoke in hushed tones, telling stories of mourning, of energy and of faith. The installation is a study of loss, absence and the need for reassurance that life, as we perceive it is not the sum of our existence.
I was born in Dorset, UK. Last year I moved to Melbourne from London, where I completed a masters degree in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at London College of Communication.
My work incorporates images and sound to document communities that are on my doorstep. I work in a methodical and often repetitive way, using medium and large format cameras, whilst collecting ambient sound and informal interviews. I am drawn to stories about the spiritual as well as the mundane everyday activities that make up the identity of a community. More recently, the psychology of belief has fuelled the work that I make – those intangible and uncanny aspects of human existence, which arise from unexplainable almost invisible experiences.
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