Neville Thomas has gained the EPSA Award (Recognition Of Photographic Achievement ) for gaining over 700 international acceptances in the Photographic Society of America sponsored Internationals worldwide. It has taken Neville around two and a half years to achieve this since joining the PSA in December 2018. Well done Neville.
Finding My Religion - Booker Skelding
I have recently completed my degree and gained a First Class Honours In Photography after five years of part time studies.
I also won the Reginald Salisbury photography award, for outstanding achievement in my work. I am delighted, ecstatic and shattered all at once.
This project began with the title Losing My Religion, however during the four years of its development, the project took an unexpected turn and the title Finding My Religion became more appropriate. The work was born from a need to document this loss of religion for the purpose of exploring the difficulties faced when one does not conform to the traditional ‘religious’ lifestyle.
Yet another church closure in a small Welsh mining community prompted the beginning of what was a painful journey. At the age of twenty, I experienced rejection from my church and its parishioners, resulting in deep feelings of shame, over the realization of my LGBTQ+ status. The images narrate this emotional experience of abandonment and loss with the intention to help others who have experienced the same ostracization. This is also a journey of hope.