All religions have birth ceremonies, marriage ceremonies and death ceremonies, and I have wanted to do a project to show the similarities rather than the differences for many years. It should therefore come as no surprise that when I was offered the chance to photograph the life of a small local free church I jumped at the chance.
Lighthouse is a Christian group which aims to outreach in an inner city area, especially to members of the strong Asian Indian community. Formed 30 years ago by two like-minded people, it has grown to a congregation of up to 300, and because it was their thirtieth year I was asked to record some of their year. I centered on 3 main events, a study group looking at ‘Why Jesus?’, a Passion Play, and the thirtieth celebrations themselves (which were held in a ‘borrowed’ church because of possible numbers). These images are from those three events.
This project was shot on the Fujifilm X-Pro1 using the 18mm, 35mm and 60mm lenses using iso speeds up to 6400iso and was post-processed in Lightroom 5 and SilverEfex Pro2. I am very pleased (honoured) to say that it has now been published on the Social Documentary web site here.
I want to thank all those who assisted me with their patience at my intrusion into their devotion.