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Loupe #11

LOUPE 11 — Belief

Beliefs make us human, they shape our reality.
In this issue we feature photography and writing that explores belief through worship, mourning, loss of faith, superstitions and the possibility of other worlds.

Our beliefs shape the way we experience and interpret reality, they act as a filter for our opinions, and they guide our actions.  In this issue we feature photography and writing that explores belief through worship, mourning, loss of faith, superstitions and the possibility of other worlds.

The cover story depicts the loud, energetic, and passionate worship of Pentecostal Christians within the UK. Michael Alberry joins the Christian community, who gather to worship in converted warehouses, to praise God through song and dance.

Reflecting upon personal experience, Ioanna Sakellaraki explores the death of her father. Documenting the lives and rituals of the remaining professional mourners in Greece, we are invited to reflect and learn about traditions that will seize to exist in the future.

Dr Hannah Rumble, a professor at the Centre of Death and Society ( University Bath)  delves into these Greek mourning rituals in more depth and continues to unveil the evolution of grief and mourning.

Sari Soininen shares her personal experience with psychosis and its impact on her relationship with reality. She uses her work as a means to trace and reconnect with the alternative ways of seeing and dimensions that she experienced during her four-month episode, in an attempt to structure and document her discoveries.

In an accompanying text, PhD student Simon Allzén explains quantum mechanics and the possibility of realms of reality beyond our own.

Darren Harvey-Regan explores his gradual loss of faith in his series Eikon & Klan. The series presents a personal journey, exposing the progression of his ‘unbelief’, through studio shot still lives of ‘new iconography’.

Along a similar vein, Imtiaz Shams, founder of the Faith to Faithless charity, shares his personal journey of coming to terms with losing his religion and explores the stages in which many go through when their relationship with their faith falters.

Photographers
Michael Alberry, Lucy Bliszko, Shai Chishty, Darren Harvey-Regan, Maria Lax, Paolo Prendin, Ioanna Sakellaraki and Sari Soininen.

Writers
Simon Allzén,  Luke Archer, Harry Flook, Gemma Padley, Dr Hannah Rumble and Imtiaz Shams.

Format: 84 pages
240mm x 170mm (Portrait)