A photographic journey into faith
We’ve talked to you before about Italian social documentary photographer Giovanni Capriotti who lives in Canada and now we want to bring you one of his latest projects, Speaking in Tongues. Before you read this post, I think you should relax and put on a song that inspired Giovanni in his project. ”The Bottle” by Gil Scott Heron will help you better immerse yourself in these amazing photographs that represent, according to the photographer, ”a journey into the modern declination and evolution of faith and Christianity within the black North American community.”
The title of the project refers to Corinthians 12:4-10 and the practice of speaking an incomprehensible language while in a religious rapture. With Speaking in Tongues, Giovanni seeks to represent a new vision of freedom completely removed from concepts of “assimilation, intermingling, segregation and emancipation” linked to past oppression.
Given the closed nature of this faithful community, the project depended entirely on the help of a Pastor who gave Giovanni permission to shoot in the church. Granted access, Giovanni embarked on a journey into a culture that was entirely new for him and now, thanks to the photos, we too can explore the rich heritage of Afro-Canadian traditions.