Projects: African American Churches in Philadelphia
For years, on Sunday mornings you could find me at a local place of worship, covering the "Church of the Week" for the Philadelphia Tribune newspaper.
During the first few Sundays, I took a seat in the front row, closest to the action. I wanted to capture the most dramatic moments - such as friends cooling off a fellow church member as she feel to the floor, wet with tears and sweat. Gradually, my focus changed to the quieter moments that occur in the last pew, a dark corner, or the church basement. The humble usher parked in the corner, singing along quietly with the bustling choir, or members of the Cooking Committee proudly unveiling a decorative cake in honor of the church's new electric chairlift.
Hundreds of Sundays later, I hope that my photographs evoke the warm welcome I received at each church's front door, the powerful music of a church choir, and the quiet elegance and mystery in simple gestures and expressions.