This video was show to us during a lecture. Auerbach’s work is closed related to to our project. she went to 40-50 megachurches and took photos in which she tries to portray these churches in different ways. This project is made especially difficult due to the designs of some of the megachurches, some of which are just converted Walmart’s.
For example this image has a very typical American contrast with a McDonald’s in the foreground and an unfinished Megachurch in the background and then the dark sky which adds to the unknown within the photo. This was all explained in the video by Lisa Anne Auerbach herself. However in another section of the clip she explains how some of the megachurches have this artsy domelike shape which Auerbach really enjoyed photographing. She also explained how many of her photos where unbalanced, with many having too much sky. She explained this to be because of the landscape nature off the buildings, with low ceiling and very large nature. I think i can incorporate Lisa Anne Auerbach’s way of thinking into my project with the ‘one square mile’
Here I have one of Lisa Anne Auerbach’s megachurch images, the photo is clearly separated into 3 parts, sky, building and grass. This creates an excellent contrast and really boosts the content of the photo which would otherwise be dull. Lisa Anne Auerbach presents her work in an innovative way, using a 60inch zine with the title Megazine which was a play on words. This 60inch publication was home made with Auerbach’s own 67inch printer. In the video she said that displaying 50 photos famed all with the same content would be boring. I would agree with this statement. In addition to the images Lisa Anne Auerbach would write a small paragraph next to each photo explaining her individual experience with that specific Megachurch.