The Story Behind That Picture: "Scientology Rocks"
By: Thorsten Overgaard
Some times a little light will do it
The above picture may not align with the view many people have on religion but is in fact from a Scientology concert in London the past weekend. Not a religious moment as such, but a soulful moment by and for religious people of year 2010.
It also very well summarize what type of photography I do. Because when people ask me what type of photography I do, I usually summarize it as "People and atmosphere" which can be quite broad. But well, anything I photograph has to do with light and the human soul, which both could be summed up in "life."
In one end an aesthetic light on a landscape or simply on a glass of champagne could be - and is - an illustration of life. In the other end a person that just is himself or herself in an image, that is the soul you capture.
In any case, the last weekend I covered an event for Getty Images that summarized the purpose that all religions has in common; which is the improvement of mankind and the world we live in. This event was the Church of Scientology's yearly L. Ron Hubbard Gala Charity Concert where Kenny Ball and other artists performed with american actress Anne Archer handing over checks to local charities such as East Grinstead Museum, the Mayor of Crowborough's Charity and the British Engineerium Trust (a tradition from when L. Ron Hubbard lived in that area and supported local charities).
Guests arriving for the L. Ron Hubbard Gala Charity Concert.
Thorsten von Overgaard is a Danish writer and photographer, specializing in portrait photography and documentary photography, known for writings about photography and as an educator.
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