“There is a strong divide between the conservative and liberal Christians in Tennessee, but the non-religious community is so small that it is completely overlooked.”
– Tad Beaty, Chattanooga Humanist Assembly.
I spent a month meeting and photographing various non-religious communities in Tennessee; the ‘heart of the Bible Belt’. The series explores the presence of religious imagery and rhetoric in perceptions of the American dream, and the portraits picture a relationship defined by shared absence from religion.
The project is about the loss and regaining of community, and the changing religious landscape in America.