S. Billie Mandle

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untitled E, 2009

pigment print, 32" x 40"

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In this series I photograph confessionals, the small rooms found in Catholic churches were people confess their sins. I interpret the spaces from the perspective of the individual, focusing on the personal experience of confession and the interiority of faith. I was raised Catholic and the traditions of these rooms are familiar to me. Now photographing the confessional is a type of ritual; I use a large format camera and available light, lifting the curtain of the confessionals, just as I lift the dark cloth of the camera.

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