ceremony. sunrise pow wow. 10.10.2016 randall's island, nyc kodak portra 400, 35mm film.
Celebration, ceremony, convergence and community. I am looking to explore these ways in which people come together. The very human search to find happiness, comfort, solidarity, and connections through celebration, faith, convergence in times of unrest, community, and cultural identity. My aim is to capture the events and places that fill each of these wants and needs as well as the human responses to them. A face in the crowd, if you will, and then the crowd itself as a whole unfocused on any individual. I want to explore each of these outlets individually and then bring them together into one body of work as they overlap their intent and representation of what brings us together.
Ceremony, to me, seems to speak to comfort. I feel as though the idea of ceremony can provide both celebration, redemption, and a sense of connectedness that comes within shared beliefs. Whether in a ceremonial circle, a pilgrimage, or a congregation within four walls, there seems to be a need to believe in something other than yourself and a want to believe that something has control over the uncontrollable and answers questions to the unknowable. I am most interested in the various ceremonies used to celebrate faith, convey and prove belief, and provide a sense of comfort in the repetitive nature of these ceremonies and traditions.