Icons are everywhere - Madonnas, angels, crosses, etc. are integrated into every aspect of life. These signs of religion are intended as reminders for the pious and as honor and respect toward the entities they represent, but their commonness often ends up doing the opposite. It's because they are everywhere that they are, to some degree, nowhere - they fade into the background, overlooked, 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.