Stephanie Rose Wood

Photographer
  
And in love, light And truth
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Nationality: British
Biography: Stephanie Rose Wood is a collaborative, community-centred storyteller. Stephanie enables narrative expression through documentary photography, education and curation. Based in Melbourne, Stephanie focuses on producing long-form documentary... MORE
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And in love, light And truth
Copyright Stephanie Rose Wood 2022
Date of Work May 2016 - Dec 2016
Updated May 2021
Location London
Topics Belief, Documentary, Dying/Death, Faith, Health/Healing, Loss, Multimedia, Photography, Portraiture, Religion, Spirituality

And in love, light and truth documents the occurrences of three Spiritualist churches, situated on the edges of London. The photographs were taken in places where people spoke in hushed tones, telling stories of mourning, energy and faith and what it means to look forward to death. Over time, the work became a study of loss, absence and belief. Mostly, it underlines our need for reassurance that life, as we perceive it, is not the totality of our existence.

Spiritualists believe in the continuation and survival of the soul after the death of the physical body. It is considered that death is not the end and the spirit of the deceased live on in the spirit world. Through a medium, an individual with the ability to communicate with those that have passed over, messages are sent from one world to the next. Healing is an important aspect of church practice. It is accepted that spirits send healing energies though the hands of healers to people in need of relief from their earthly ailments.

Spiritualism is more than a religion for those that believe, many say it is a way of life. The belief in the spirit world is interwoven into the fabric of their existence and daily lives, becoming a reassuring mechanism to those that are in mourning or looking for a deeper meaning to life and death.


The work was originally shown as a three screen installation, which can be viewed here.
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