Three Houses: A New Photography Project

I've been after a project for a while, and I think I may have found the right one.

Sundays are my favourite day for going out early and taking photographs. The world has an extra hour in bed compared to Saturdays, so it's always quiet. Just how I like it.

This Sunday morning I got out before 7am with my new camera and started wandering. I didn't have any shots in mind, so I just walked until I found something interesting. About half an hour into the shoot I stumbled across a beautiful mosque (below).

A photo of a mosque in Nottingham, England.

I'd photographed the mosque on film before, but never on digital. I took a few cursory shots and carried on walking. Directly opposite the mosque, I noticed a church. (I've since discovered that it's part of the Christ Citadel family of churches, which I didn't know anything about.) Further down the road, I saw a small building with the sign "Seventh-Day Adventist Church" on the front.

Three places of worship within around 20 metres of each other? This must be rare, I thought. It speaks to the multiculturalism of Nottingham that such buildings can co-exist in such proximity.

So here's my new project idea: Three Houses

I'm going to document the three houses of worship over the coming weeks and months. I'd like to go in and talk to people from each building, first of all to get an understanding of their beliefs. I was brought up (kind of) Catholic and went to a Catholic primary school, but I've been away from that scene for years now. I don't know what Christianity really means for people's everyday lives.

Likewise with Islam and the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. We all have preconceptions about these groups, but does the reality match our prejudices? I'd guess not. I'm going in with an open mind.

Some preliminary photos from the shoot

Below I've attached four images from this morning's shoot. If you want to see some more, check out the Three Houses page of my portfolio. I'll be updating it as and when I take more photos, so keep an eye out!

Check out my portfolio for more little projects like this. Thanks for reading.