UPDATED WITH ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE 40TH PARISH ANNIVERSARY THIS OCTOBER, AND THE NEW CHURCH GROUNDBREAKING FROM JUNE 2013!
I’ve been visiting St Symeon the New Theologian for thirty years, soon after the parish moved to its current location in Birmingham. In recent years I have photographed the groundbreaking for their new church building, their unique collection of hand-painted icons, and group photos and divine services surrounding the 40th anniversary celebration of the parish.
Learn more about St Symeon’s at their website.
40th Anniversary Services, Oct. 2017
This selection of images conveys the feel of the festive Hierarchical Divine Liturgy for the 40th Anniversary of the parish. A mix of wide, overall views, with closeup images, seeks to tell the story of this landmark event.
New Church Groundbreaking, June 2013
Special events such as this are best approached in a documentary style, seeking to capture highlights of the many key moments, in order to tell the story of the event. I used a combination of shooting techniques, including my “camera on a stick” approach to get an elevated view of the overall scene.