Working with The Missourian this semester also means that I'll be teaming up with weekly arts publication, Vox Magazine!
I worked for Vox as a writer two years ago, so it's good to be back and on the side of the medium that I enjoy more. I'm always down for some fun arts and entertainment coverage, so it's been good collaborating on projects with them.
The most recent piece I picked up for Vox is about Christianity on college campuses. I'll tell you what, I've attended more church in the last few weeks than I have in the last year. Sorry, Mom.
So, I went to a variety of unique Christian services over the course of the last few weeks, along with other photographer Matthew Busch. One was a worship in a college lecture hall. One involved beer in a bar.
Veritas is a evangelical presbyterian group that is sponsored by local church, The Crossing. They're very popular and their worship services involve a modern band and projector with lyrics.
I haven't been to an evangelical service in awhile, but once I was there I instantly remembered what my money-shots would be: people singing. The light was low, but they had some nice tungsten bulbs up front that provided some interesting color and unique light — at least it wasn't the awful overhead fluorescents.
The next week, I was off to Theology on Tap, a discussion group run by the Catholic church at The Newman Center on campus. I enjoyed this a lot, being a Catholic myself, so it was nice to know what they were talking about, as they were talking in depth about the Eucharist.
It was a unique setting, with a bunch of college kids eating half-price appetizers while the priest sat in his frock at the head of the table drinking a beer, like a weird, modern last supper.
All this definitely provided a variety of contemporary, college Christian services for Columbia. I had fun shooting the worships and discussion, and I'm sure God was pretty happy that I went to church without my mother begging me to for once.