Icons are everywhere, integrated into even the most mundane aspects of life. Signs of religious observation, they are intended as honor and respect toward the entities they represent, but their commonness often ends up relegating them to the fringes. Ironically, it's often exactly their ubiquity that causes them to fade into the background, lost in the mundaneness of day-to-day existence. It speaks of the complex relationship we have with religion, a duality of prominence and casualness.
This is my ongoing series exploring the place of religion in society through selected images of religious icons.
I traveled to Burundi, Africa in 2007 as part of a team sent to build relationships between Mars Hill Bible Church and Turame, a microfinance organization helping to lift people out of poverty. The trip afforded ample opportunity for photography as we traveled in the country. These are some of my favorites.
A close friend moved to Guatemala for several months in 2009. He worked as a tour guide, leading groups up the active volcanoes near Antigua. My wife and I traveled to visit him. These are a few of my favorite images from the trip.