Specializing in Faith & Religion
Columbus, Ohio, USA

Shawn Reilly, a Native American veteran, poses for a portrait outside of the Monroe Independence Day Pow Wow, Sardis, Ohio, 2015.
Procession for Our Lady of Guadalupe Columbus, Ohio, 2016.
Visit from Bishop Irinej at St. Stevan-Dechani Serbian Orthodox Church, Columbus, Ohio, 2017.
Eid festival at the Noor Islamic Cultural Center, Dublin, Ohio, 2015.
Angie Tapia during a Dia De Los Muertos celebration at Greenlawn Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio, 2017.
Rev. Gwyn Stetler leading a blessing of the animals, Powell, Ohio, 2015.
Hebrew Israelites at Black Lives Matter protest, Columbus, Ohio, 2016.
Ethiopian Orthodox Meskel celebration, Columbus, Ohio, 2017.
A young boy rings a bell during a Diwali celebration at the Bharatiya Hindu Temple, Powell, Ohio, December 2015.
Gospel clown performance at the Sunbury Church of the Nazarene, Sunbury, Ohio, 2017.
Pastor Lawrence Bishop II leads a cowboy church service, Monroe, Ohio, 2017.
Labyrinth at the Universal Life Expo, Columbus, Ohio, 2015.
Wiccan veterans at Pagan Pride Day, Louisville, Kentucky, 2015.
Eugene Tyrsson SilverWolf Kyle at Heathmoot, Laurel, Ohio, 2017.
Three Cranes Grove ADF ceremony at ComFest, Columbus, Ohio, 2016.
Easter at St. Stevan-Dechani Serbian Orthodox Church, Columbus, Ohio, 2016.
Singing bowl circle, Columbus, Ohio, 2017.
Protester at the Republican National Convention, Cleveland, Ohio, 2016.
Peacekeeping "angels" at a Westboro Baptist Church protest, Columbus, Ohio, 2016.
Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church service, Columbus, Ohio, 2017.
Easter at St. Stevan-Dechani Serbian Orthodox Church, Columbus, Ohio, 2016.
Amren Youssouf during a Muslim get-out-the-vote effort during the 2016 Presidential Election, Columbus, Ohio, 2016.
Mennonite wedding reception, North Bloomfield, Ohio, 2014.
Somali wedding, Columbus, Ohio, 2017.
Truck driver Ben Blackburn at Bible study at a Transport For Christ mobile chapel, Lodi, Ohio, 2013.

Diversity Is Our Strength

When I tell people that I’m originally from Southern California, I often receive the incredulous question: “Why are you in Ohio?” Indeed, when I arrived here for graduate school in 2012, I assumed, like I think many people do, that Ohio was a relatively homogenous flyover state. As a photographer who specializes in religion, I didn’t know what I would document.

How wrong I was. Over the past six years, I have been fascinated to learn about the multitude of faith traditions and cultures that are thriving around Ohio. This collection of photographs represents some of eclectic communities I’ve had the privilege of meeting and documenting, including Gospel clowns, Norse pagans, Druids, Muslims, Jews, psychics, Jains, and Serbian and Ethiopian Orthodox Christians, among many others. But what has been even more striking to me is how these communities are often hidden in plain sight, seamlessly integrated into everyday life and American experience. They are diverse but approachable, and often, incredibly relatable.

In some ways, I’ve found Ohio to be a microcosm of America: a place where people of many ideologies meet and mingle, and sometimes entangle and clash. The tensions and suspicions engulfing the rest of our polarized nation are visible here. But so, I hope to illustrate, are ways to reconnect and heal.

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