I’ve been asked recently about what, if anything, I’ve been photographing lately. Now, as the new work has picked up some momentum, it seems as good a time as any to talk about it.
After some negotiations, I have been given permission by the Presentation Sisters in St. John’s to have access to their convent and spend time with some of the women who live there. So far, portraits and interviews have been carried out with nine of them, and there are a few more to come. The Sisters of Mercy are also now considering participating.
The goal is to hold an exhibition of the photographs sometime next year, with the portraits accompanied by excerpts of the interviews, so as to share with the viewer these stories of faith, work, love and devotion. Needless to say, I have been routinely impressed and humbled by their experiences. I hope you will be, too.
I’m not a particularly religious person. The inspiration for all this came a few years back, when I was out shooting and ended up near St. Patrick’s convent in St. John’s. I knocked on the door, introduced myself and asked if I could come in and take some pics. Needless to say, I was politely (and bemusedly) denied. But the idea stuck around.
This sample photo from these sessions is presented completely unedited. The subject sister, captured in a moment of quiet reflection, is 102 years old and has been a nun for 66 years. It was shot at 35mm, f2.8, 1/160 second, ISO 400, no flash.
I hope you enjoy it. Updates to come.