Specializing in Faith & Religion
Columbus, Ohio, USA

Reflections and Recent Work

08 April 2018 - 

It’s been a whirlwind of a few months since I last posted. Much of what’s happening has been exciting: book talks, several photo exhibits, and a few book reviews and features (view a list here). I also recently opened an exhibit at the Martin de Porres Center about religious diversity… Continue reading  

The Trees Are Watching

07 January 2018 - 

Outside of faith and religion, one of the things I have always enjoyed photographing is nature – specifically, landscapes that are uncanny or unsettling in some manner. I like to explore the inherent tension between humans and the natural world. This was actually the focus of my undergraduate art thesis… Continue reading  

Talk at Gramercy Books

07 January 2018 - 

Thanks to everyone who came out for by talk about Test Of Faith at Gramercy Books in Bexley this past week! It was great to see many familiar faces from the community, and to have such a thoughtful crowd. I’m glad my hoarse voice survived! Photos courtesy of Linda Kass,… Continue reading  

Columbus Dispatch and MAVCOR

24 December 2017 - 

Thank you to the Columbus Dispatch for a thoughtful write-up about Test Of Faith: Thank you also to Yale University’s Center for the Material and Visual Cultures of Religion (MAVCOR) for the shout-out: Loving Lauren Pond's new photo book "Test of Faith: Signs, Serpents, Salvation" on West Virginia snake handlers… Continue reading  

Test Of Faith Media Coverage

08 December 2017 - 

Thank you to the Charleston Gazette-Mail and the Oxford American for their recent coverage of Test Of Faith! Pacific Standard Magazine also featured the book a little while back. I really appreciate writer James McWilliams’ thoughtful, thorough approach. One of my favorite excerpts: “Lauren Pond’s work suggests that the art… Continue reading  

Test Of Faith is Here!

02 December 2017 - 

With the official launch of Test of Faith on Nov. 16, it’s been an exciting and busy few weeks! First, the week of Nov. 13, I traveled to Durham, N.C., where I was honored to speak about the book and exhibit about 30 large prints in the beautiful Rubenstein library… Continue reading  

Opening Reception and Book Signing

17 October 2017 - 

In a little less than a month, on November 16, I will give a talk about my new book, “Test of Faith: Signs, Serpents, Salvation,” accompanied by a book signing and photo exhibit opening at Duke University’s Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. If you can make it to Durham,… Continue reading  

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  

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  


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  

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