Specializing in Faith & Religion
Columbus, Ohio, USA

CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography

02 July 2017 - 

I have been meaning to post about the exciting news: Test of Faith, my documentary project about Pentecostal serpent handlers in West Virginia, was recently selected for the Duke Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography. A book of my photographs and a narrative essay about the project… Continue reading  

Timket

25 January 2017 - 

Last Friday, I had the privilege of documenting the local Ethiopian Orthodox community’s celebration of the Epiphany, known as Timket, for the American Religious Sounds Project. The celebration began at a banquet hall on the southeast side of Columbus, from which community members transported a replica of the Ark of… Continue reading  

Religious Truckers for AARP

08 January 2017 - 

I encountered a trucker chapel for the first time in 2013 while working on an assignment for graduate school. Nestled behind a TA Travel Center in Lodi, Ohio, the Transport For Christ mobile chapel offered Bible study and worship services for truck drivers. Volunteer chaplains were on duty 24/7. However,… Continue reading  

Rallying for the Muslim Community

09 April 2017 - 

Donald Trump’s first travel ban on citizens from Muslim-majority countries sent shockwaves through the world and the U.S., including in Columbus, where Muslims have long been an integral part of the community. In response to the ban, people from around the city rallied at the John Glenn Columbus International Airport,… Continue reading  

Reflections at the Year’s End

31 December 2016 - 

It has been upsetting to think about all that has happened in the past year. Like many, I’ve felt myself turning a bit inward to try to avoid the maelstrom around me. I haven’t posted in a while. But as 2016 draws to a close, I realize that it might… Continue reading  

Mobilizing Muslim Voters

07 November 2016 - 

The 2016 presidential election has stirred up and exposed frightening amounts of xenophobia, racism, and bigotry in the United states. Among the groups that have felt particularly targeted are American Muslims. At an event I attended recently, female Muslim activist Linda Sarsour detailed several atrocities that have been inflicted against… Continue reading  

Veterans’ Powwow

23 August 2016 - 

Proportionally, Native Americans are one of the largest minority groups to serve in the armed forces. This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending a powwow that specifically honored Native American veterans. While the event had the hallmarks of other powwows I have attended – dances, music, cultural celebration,… Continue reading  

Recent Work

07 August 2016 - 

It’s been a busy few weeks with the American Religious Sounds Project! Last weekend, I attended a cultural festival at the St. Stevan of Dechani Serbian Orthodox Church, one of several Orthodox churches in Columbus. I first visited the church several months ago for a Lenten fish fry, and have… Continue reading  

Religion at the RNC

31 July 2016 - 

On July 19, two graduate student researchers and I made the drive up to Cleveland to document religion at the Republican National Convention, where thousands of people gathered both to support and protest the nomination of Donald Trump. Although we weren’t sure what to expect, upon our arrival, we noticed… Continue reading  

Fireworks and Midsummer

08 July 2016 - 

This was the first Independence Day that I have spent in Columbus, so I was excited to attend my first-ever “Red, White, & Boom” event, an annual festival and fireworks display along the Scioto River. About 400,000 people filled the downtown area last Friday for the show, and it was… Continue reading  

Fests and Protests

26 June 2016 - 

This was a busy weekend in Columbus! As part of my work for the American Religious Sounds Project, I recorded and photographed at two major events in town – ComFest, and a protest by the Westboro Baptist Church. On Friday, the Westboro Baptist Church arrived to picket the Unitarian Universalist… Continue reading  

Graduation Day

17 June 2016 - 

Since moving to Columbus, I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the city’s refugee communities. While volunteering at CMAA Refugee Services, I met my friend Hannah, whose family is originally from Somalia. A few weeks ago, she graciously invited me to attend her graduation from Zenith Academy, a… Continue reading  

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