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The increasing rate of change in our society has had a profound effect on how we live. The impact of commuting lifestyles, the Internet, a three hundred TV channel universe and mobile friendships has created an environment where people live in isolation and rarely come together as a community. Nowhere has this change of lifestyle had a bigger impact than on the small towns scattered across the prairies with many of them becoming extinct, often with nothing more than a decaying place of worship being the only reminder of the community that used to be there.
This series of photographs reflect on the remnants of places of worship which were built by new immigrants during the beginning of the 20th century to serve both the spiritual and practical needs of the community. Today, direct parallels can often be drawn between the decline of these places and the supporting community – like a barometer for the health of the surrounding community. These lonely decaying structures have thus been reduced to nothing more than; silent reminders of the past and the communities they served and maybe the odd photo opportunity on a Sunday drive.
For as long as I can remember I’ve always had a fascination and love for photography. My first camera was a Kodak Instamatic 100 which my parents gave me for my 6th birthday. Since then I’ve had many different photography “phases” including travelling around Europe on a train as a teenager doing black and white photography. My mother was not too happy about this phase as I would return every two or three weeks to Denmark and turn one of her bathrooms into a fulltime darkroom. I also had a long stint with slide film in the late 70ies and 80ies when I was working in Australia, the North-Sea and Canada doing everything from shearing sheep, operating cranes, driving trucks and computer programming. Primarily my photography is art photography blended with some project work and photo montages (slide shows). I focus mostly on night, nature and architecture photography much of which I turn into slide shows set to music