I was asked by Abrupt magazine back in 2008, to photograph one of the pastors of Hillsong Church London who had started working with inner-city kids. The aim was to show where he worked and to bring a spot light on what he was doing etc.
So I met Nick in west London where we spent the afternoon walking round the local area where he works with various schools, trying to stem the tide of violent knife crime.
I must say that the parts of London we walked round certainly felt menacing to me, even though we hardly saw anyone you just got that itchy feeling on the back of your neck that you were being watched..perhaps I was feeling more vulnerable due to the fact I was carrying thousands of pounds worth of camera equipment..
Once the majority of the shoot was over I wasn’t convinced we had ‘the shot’, the portrait photos just weren’t working for me, and out of the blue I was reminded of a technique I’d read about a couple of years before, the ‘joining’ technique. So in a last ditch attempt to save the shoot I gave it a try and as it happens the joiner was the double page spread used for the article.
Nick is an absolute saint and is often the only one standing between the kids he works with and certain destruction, and it’s with that in mind I chose the song below.
When this article was printed Nick was pretty much doing the schools work on his own, a bit of a lone cowboy type of thing, and if you look closely at the photo and play the song then hopefully you’ll ‘get’ the song.
There’s a line in the song which is ‘..the time has come to make things right’..pretty apt I’d say!
To view this joiner at it’s best, do the following
– Plug in headphones
– Hit the play button on the audio player below
– Sit back and enjoy the joiner as it was meant to be enjoyed!
Dimensions: 5.08m wide by 4.05m high (16.92ft x 13.50ft)
Photos used: 54
Song inspiration: Muse – Knights of Cydonia