This project, One Sunday Morning, started with a very different vision. I was approached by a design firm that needed architectural photographs of Philadelphia’s First African American Baptist Church for a museum exhibit they were creating.
I went to visit the church and the building was indeed both very old and very interesting, but it was just a building. For me, a church is more than its walls no matter how cool those walls were designed. A church is a gathering place, it is both a home and a hope for those who gather there. A church is a community.
In the end, I photographed the walls. I also went to a Sunday service and photographed the people. It is these portraits of a community in prayer that ended up on the Museum’s walls.