ELLEthuglife: a new series which I started because one morning I woke up to find a story in the paper of yet another woman which had been stoned to death. Anger andincomprehension came over me and once again wanted to voice my anger… in the way I know best… through my pictures. The more I thought about this senseless act I couldn't help but think how our history has been plagued with countless, countless, countless atrocities in the name of God. The wars, the ongoing wars and the wars to come because of these religious ideologies which all have the same teaching: Be good to one another. Yet some have warped an bastardised these beautiful ideas and spiritual connections into a sort of indoctrinating oppressive regime.As a spiritual person, I love that there is something bigger and far more encompassing than us. Not because we are insignificant but because we are amazing. Yet some have taken religion far past the boundaries of the absurd and lost touch with the true meaning of the monumental things we are capable of, moving mountains is a a walk in the park compared to what woman/mankind has achieved. I voice my anger, point my finger and give the finger to all those who use religion as a vehicle to lead the minds of people into the masochistic and destructive side of religion and it's interpretation.
I chose a woman to carry the message in my images because I feel that they have suffered so much through history and continue to. Being silenced, raped, stoned, burnt at the stake, and downtrodden should never be the outcome of religion but rather an inspiration to achieve great things and be good to one another. From saving lives to giving birth no achievement is small or insignificant. We are all born from from women, yet some manage to suppress the very being that gave birth to us. ---> next page