in this space, our faith
In my last month at the Valley News, I had the opportunity to spend some time with the people of Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church while they worshipped in Claremont, NH. I chose to do this story for a lot of reasons: the ornate nature of Orthodox worship certainly lends itself well to visuals and the church was open and did not restrict me while I was photographing during service. Even when I needed to stand on pews. Mostly, though, I went because my ideas about faith are conflicted ones, and my understanding of such devotion is pretty limited. My family emigrated from Russia when I was very young — where I come from, religion was literally illegal. As a result I’ve grown into a very pragmatic, liberal adult but a curiosity and appreciation for that unknown still lingers in me. The world is a dark place. And people look for light however they can.
Some outtakes that didn’t make it into the story edit: