Religious Icons: An Ordinary Day at a Mormon Church
Robert Frank’s street photographs of what later became iconic emblems of American-ness made me consider what I see regularly in my surrounding environment, but which I fail to recognize as definitive of my culture. It took a Swiss—an outsider, looking in—to notice the things that were symbolic of and unique to American city life. Thus, I attempted to assume the role of “outsider,” “foreigner,” in order to better identify and appreciate the scenes and objects that slip under my dulled radar. What is iconic in my own environment? Most obviously, my church. It is a community and society and culture that I’ve grown up with. So, naturally, what could be seen by an outsider as a rather peculiar atmosphere is quite normal for me. This photographic, role-reversal experience opened my eyes to all of the iconic displays that truly define the Mormon church-going culture.
|The Sacrament Meeting ditchers: the know-it-all, the flirt, and the gamer|
|The run-away baby|
|The folding chairs, the accordion room-divider, and the music stand|
|The coat rack and two...CIA agents? Nope, just 20-somethings with scripture cases and callings|
|The waiter-in-line-to-meet-with-the-Stake-President; a typical Suburban parked out front|