I shot these images, mostly from the window of a moving car, earlier this year while I was working for the Northern Uganda Transition Initiative (NUTI), a USAID program, all over northern Uganda. Since shooting them, however, I’ve been a little overwhelmed by work and never got round to really using them for any purpose. However if I explain why I took them, that might allow readers to make up their own purpose.
These are shots of rural churches in the bush in northern Uganda. They are often squat, concrete and brick constructions, sometimes with murals on the outside, sometimes more elaborate and sometimes less, and often shaded by mango or mvule trees. They vary in size according to their congregation, with the exception of a few larger ones which look out of place for a reason which I will explain. The churches are scattered throughout the landscape of the reason, testament to Christianity’s reach.
In many instances these churches are the last link back to pre-war- the rest of the old buildings have fallen into disrepair (the brick houses as well as the mud huts) after being abandoned as their inhabitants fled to the IDP camps. And still they stand, often the tallest buildings around by a large margin, looking a little awkward, though less so as life returns to the countryside.
So any thoughts on how to use the images?
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