THE SIX PRINCIPLES OF LOSTNESS
1 And you, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world,
3 according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
4 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of the flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh
5 and of the mind,
6 and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
In the summer of 2012 I was travelling through Bosnia and by chance found myself in Medjugorje, a place I would never normally have visited given the choice. Medjugorje’s main claim to fame dates from 1981 when six local children claimed they had seen visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, after which the place became a popular pilgrimage destination (though not officially approved by the Catholic church).
Something about the town immediately fascinated me, enough to want to start photographing it. I haven’t been able to go back since, but in the meantime I’ve thought about it a lot and realised I don’t have to.
The Ephesians is the working title for this lostness project in progress.