A YOUNG photographer, Michael Alberry, has devoted time during the past three years to a project looking at warehouse churches and Charismatic worship. In each instance he has begun by attending the church, before approaching the leadership for permission to photograph worship.
“I go a few times, speak to people, and explain the project, before I take a few photos. Most of the churches are well organised, with their own media team; so congregations are used to being photographed.”
At one church, Victory Church in Wales, Mr Alberry spent a couple of months attending services twice a week. Because he uses flash photography, congregations are bound to be very aware that he’s present; “so I’m keen that they understand what I’m doing.”
He was attracted to warehouse churches “because they felt like clubs or raves: the music is so well produced, the lights and the atmosphere and the energy are so intense, that they reflect other things that young people like to do.”
The photographs were taken at Hillsong Church, London, Swansea Pentecostal Church, and Victory Church in Cwmbran.