In April, I got a call from a creative director based in Atlanta who is re-working the design and branding of byFaith, the magazine of the Presbyterian Church in America. He had a story assignment in New Orleans about a local church in the St. Roch District. Home to a young, diverse, and dynamic congregation, the St. Roch Community Church reflects the greater neighborhood, which has undergone big changes since Hurricane Katrina forced many of its residents to leave. Current members of the church have entered its doors through some pretty amazing circumstances, and the four characters for this story each have their own tales.
‘Gumbo Gospel’ (text-only) is hosted on the byFaith website, and I included a larger edit and the print layout here. I rarely get to shoot in black and white on assignment or work on something so close to home, and had a lot of fun meeting such a friendly and welcoming group of people.