University of Sussex Degree Show 08 - Media Practice and Theory

Pagan Worship, a life more natural

By: Emma King

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I have produced a portrait project showing a number of different pagan worshippers. Within the various religions that fall under the pagan title there is one main similarity consistent through all of them; the worship of nature. Many pagans donít attach themselves to any particular belief system, but interpret their chosen religion in a way which relates personally to them. Paganism can mean different things to different people. It is not a way of life that creates any segregation from others, but something we find around us in day to day life. Through my portraits and with the use of text I have attempted to portray the commonality of Paganism among us, whilst honestly showing an insight into each subjects way of life and personal beliefs.

I was inspired to carry out this project by my own personal curiosity and with the influence of photographers such as Tony Tree and Robert Leon.

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The show will open with a bang on Thursday 15th May; this will be the first opportunity to see the culmination of three years hard work from the Media Practice and Theory finalists. There will be a drinks reception to kick start the evening, with a chance to view the fantastic photography and interactive projects on display throughout the building. Following this, screenings of this year's documentaries will take place at 5pm and 8pm. This will be the first chance to see the 2008 MPT films, and food and drink will continue to be served throughout the evening. This night promises to be an extraordinary showcase of talent from one of the most innovative courses on offer at the University of Sussex - definitely not one to be missed!

Due to limitations of space, we regret that the opening night is attendable by invitation only. However we welcome requests for invitations from anybody currently working in the media. If you are employed in a relevant field and would like to attend, please get in touch and we will try to arrange an invitation.

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