The religious landscape of Britain is changing and for the first time, more than half the population say they have no religion. In ‘Sixteen: A Portrait of Faith’ Simon Roberts has created a series of video portraits of individuals in their place of worship. His portrait subjects pose for the camera for several minutes, remaining as still as possible in a similar fashion to mid-19th century photographic portraits.
The portraits are shot in vertical format for HD plasma flat screen monitors, sized at a near 1:1 relationship between viewer and subject. Initially the portraits appear as still photographs, however, on closer inspection the viewer can see subtle movements in the sitter, such as a blink of the eye or tilt of the head. These long portraits become simultaneously mesmerising and unnerving. Alongside the portrait each sitter offers a short monologue where they talk about their current life situation, their hopes, dreams and fears.
The work is part of the Sixteen national touring exhibition. Online: Twitter @sixteentouring / Instagram @sixteen_touring