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While the historic location of the Demera is Meskel Square in Addis Ababa, Lauren Pond’s photograph was taken in Columbus, Ohio and is one of many images in her ongoing photographic essay, ‘Religion in the Midwest.’ Her work witnesses the variety of faith traditions animating a region often considered synonymous with homogeneity; it documents spiritual communities ranging from a ‘cowboy church’ to an Islamic cultural center to a pagan prison ministry. The congregation pictured in our cover image is only one of several Ethiopian Orthodox churches in Columbus. Pond approaches many of her subjects as an intimate, with the aim of establishing a longstanding personal relationship with the people she photographs. This is especially true of her portraits of Pentecostal serpent-handlers, which, with her other work, is viewable on her website (https://www.laurenpondphoto.com).
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