An ongoing project started in 2010, recording and documenting pilgrimage sites - both religious and secular - around the world, to record and communicate what pilgrimage means in 21st Century society. In essence, ‘Shrine’ is a practice based exploration into the re-presentation of devotional iconography through the photographic medium, and the visual strategies employed by re-presenting the shrines via large scale, highly detailed prints will help the viewer understand each individual shrine’s story.
Shrine’ is an ongoing project researching and recording pilgrimage sites, both religious and secular around the world, to record and communicate what pilgrimage means in 21st Century society. This project originated from the belief that everyone has a place or location that is significant to them as an individual. Pilgrims are drawn from all backgrounds and come together to share their love and devotion for any given icon which is manifested in the shrine. These shrines act as a conduit for pilgrims coming to pay their respects and outpour their emotions. In essence, ‘Shrine’ is a practice based exploration into the re-presentation of devotional iconography through the photographic medium.
Shrines fluctuate in size and texture over indeterminate periods of time, and photography is the perfect methodology, not only for recording a peak in any given shrine’s existence, but also to document these fluctuations and the various artifacts that are left and displaced on and from the shrine. Photographically documenting with a large format 5x4 camera has the capabilities to record intricate details present at the shrines, and the ability to replicate that on a large scale for exhibition and print purposes.
2012 Arles Photography Festival, Galerie Huit, France
2012 Foto8 Summershow Exhibition, London, UK
2012 Cork Street Gallery Summer Exhibition, London, UK
2011 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London, UK
2011 Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - Project Launch 2010 Association of Photographers, London, UK
2010 International Photography Awards, New York, USA - Honourable Mention
2007 Association of Photographers Open Awards, London, UK
2005 London Photographic Awards, London, UK - Gold
2004 National Portrait Gallery Photographic Prize, London, UK - Winner
2001 Fujifilm Awards, London, UK - Distinction
1998 AOP Assistant Awards, London, UK - Merit
2010 Sunday Times Magazine article on the “Hill of Crosses’
2010 Luerzers Archive
2007 Luerzers Archive
2004 British Journal of Photography article on the artist and image ‘Cassius & Julia’
Sessional Lecturer in Photography (BA Hons) at Canterbury Christchurch University, UK.
2010 MA Photography, University of the Creative Arts, Rochester, UK
1998 HND Photography, Berkshire College of Art, Reading, UK
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