Project Preview: 'God's Acre'

God’s acre a moravian term for their burial ground. Fetter Lane moravian church is set just off the King’s Road, Chelsea in one acre of land. The Moravians initially owned a much larger plot with plans for a settlement. As a missionary church this would be a staging post for missions to the Americas.

As a past resident of the Manse on the site I have watched as visitors tentatively wander through its gates, unsure of its purpose or history. There is another group who pass through the gates to attend on a sunday. These are the members of the Fetter Lane congregation. 

This community has many links to the wider narrative of the Moravian church. A small congregation made up of many members originally from overseas (West Indies, Tanzania, USA and South Africa). It is these custodians who hold the key to understanding the heritage and ethos of this space.

Over the last year I have been photographing and interviewing members of the congregation, in order to understand their outlook, history and vision for moravian close. these interviews have provided the foundation of my enquiry, mindful of these as i photograph the space.

My aim is to produce a photographic book that will be distributed to the local community. Gifting its residents with a greater understanding of the place and an invitation to its community. 

I am currently seeking funding opportunities for production of the book.

Announcement: Portrait of Britain

I am delighted to announce that this portrait i took of Ronnie in Belfast earlier this year has made it into this years "Portrait of Britain" a showcase of faces of Modern Britain run by the British Journal of Photography.

In partnership with JCDecaux, Portrait of Britain will showcase the work  on a network of digital screens throughout the country, from rail stations and airports, to shopping malls and high streets.  

Great to see portrait photography being celebrated, some brilliant entries, well worth keeping an eye out on screens and checking out the online gallery.

Portrait of Britain

 

 

 

Ronnie, Belfast 2017

©Laurence Gibson