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MaryLou Uttermohlen

Artist Statement Submitted 2015

Spiritual YaYa is an ethereal adventure through New Orleans and Southern Louisiana by a middle-aged female photographer. This series offers a peek behind the veil shrouding the spiritual mysteries of the region. It begins with images of popular public events such as Mardi Gras, St Joseph’s Day and Christmas Eve Bonfires but then it digs deeper into the underground of smaller spiritual communities.

This documentary spawns from an anthropological curiosity but is expressed through advancements in technology that would not have been possible on film. The adventure revisits the same landscape as work published by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1920’s. As a photographer I wanted to document how much the city changed or stayed the same spiritually in the past century. No doubt, spiritual freedom is a constitutional right that New Orleanians hold dear to their hearts as it breaths life into the soul of the city.

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