It seems difficult to imagine that one regular Birmingham street could be the focus of an entire photographic exhibition, let alone one as wondrously thought-provoking as this. Under Gods explores the experiences of 15 wildly varying religious communities that live in and around Soho Road, including Hare Krishnas, Catholic nuns and Rastafarians. It is the work of talented and innovative photographer Liz Hingley, who lived among these communities for two years (between 2007 and 2009) in order to create this fascinating documentation of one of Britain’s most multicultural cities.
As with any exhibition thrust into the spotlight by Newcastle’s hard-hitting photography collective Amber, this body of work speaks volumes about the world in which we currently live. Through her striking portraits and vivid scenery, Hingley is able to grapple expertly with a number of themes, including the permanently heated topic of immigration and religious revival. In a world where ideas of religion and faith are often met with ignorance, fear and hatred, it seems as though work such as hers are more important than ever in our understanding and acceptance of other cultures.