Chichester Cathedral, West Street, Chichester
Friday, March 1 – Monday, April 22, 7.30am-6pm
Tel: 01243 782595
NAMED Sony World Photographer of the Year 2018, Alys Tomlinson is an award-winning editorial and fine art photographer based in London, whose work has been exhibited in the UK, France, Ireland and the USA.
The ‘Ex-Voto’ exhibition is a study of offerings of religious devotion found at Christian pilgrimage sites across the world and is an extension of her previous work in Lourdes.
She said: “Still intrigued by this place of great spiritual contemplation and worship, I re-visited the project with a different approach. Shooting in large format black and white slowed the process down and gave me space to think.
“Using anthropological experience gained during my MA, I became interested in the markers left behind at pilgrimage sites. Placed anonymously and often hidden from view, ‘Ex-Voto’ are offerings left by pilgrims as signs of gratitude, hope and devotion, creating a tangible narrative between faith, person and the landscape.”
Taken at the pilgrimage sites of Lourdes, in France, Ballyvourney, in Ireland, and Grabarka, in Poland, the project encompasses formal portraiture, large format landscape and small, detailed still-lifes of the objects and markers left behind.