Devotion + Photography = Devotion Shift.
Devotion Shift is a foray into a theme that arose from working with one person, rather than inviting people to participate in a theme we’d already decided to explore. Yolande Brener used to be in a religious cult. And then she left it. And then she wrote about it. And then she published a memoir about it. Devotion has been a strong theme in her personal journey. We were so intrigued by her story, we invited her to do a photo shoot.
This is a one-woman category for now. If we discover another person who’s been a member of religious cult and would collaborate on a photo shoot with us, they will join Yolande in this gallery. There may be other kinds of Devotion Shift that might land here as well: when what you were once so profoundly dedicated to changes. It could be the church. It could be status, wealth, or power. It could be mission or cause. It could be your significant other.
It’s not clear where this exploration will go, but it wanted to start with Yolande.
The still must tease with the promise of a story the viewer of it itches to be told.
– Cindy Sherman, Photographer