The Saints Project

The Saints Project


hi my name is Kristen Brown I’m from
Philadelphia Pennsylvania and I started the scene’s project I usually describe
the saint’s project as a modern portrayal of Catholic saints and then
digitally altered to look like fine art so the first time I remember taking
pictures I was probably six or seven my dad was a photographer and so he had all
kinds of cameras laying around all the time so I would just load up like this
old like point-and-shoot camera with all of the film that they had being behind
the camera made me feel really like safe and myself and at home and free and all
these feelings that I don’t think I could express at the time I started
taking it a bit more seriously and I moved to LA and I think that was kind of
a turning point for me in a lot of ways because there were so many people out
there who needed photographs of themselves like models and actors so I
learned a lot technically at that point but I always remember feeling like
taking those sorts of pictures like it wasn’t really satisfying so my husband
and I moved from Los Angeles back to Philadelphia it was mostly like a light
bulb moment I remember being at my mom’s house and she said something about st.
Sebastian and I just could see in my mind like the icon of him with all the
arrows and and I thought I wonder if anybody ever did that with a person and
I thought oh my gosh maybe that’s something I should try let’s see I think
it was February of 2015 when I thought and then it wasn’t till April when I
actually took the first Saints Project picture it was probably a handful of the
pictures that he did before I had kind of a formula and a process I got to a
point where I started putting them on the internet people would recognize that
it was mine and that was probably the coolest thing it had a look I guess
generally I’ll leave either have a person in my mind that I met or know or
saw somewhere and try to match them with the same okay what do they look like
when did they live you know how did they die what are they known for looking like
the planning part is probably 85% it’s really important to me to feel like I
know who they are and you know praying for their intercession for a while
before we shoot it and so then I would bring in whoever was gonna be portraying
the saint get them dressed in whatever they were gonna wear and then have them
sit in so after I take the photo I’ll put it into Photoshop and then from
there it’s kind of a formula it’s like anything that needs to be taken out and
then the very end will be coloring and style my husband Andrew does all of the
constructing of any set it’s been really amazing to work with Andrew because I
think I’ve learned a lot about him that I probably wouldn’t have learned things
about myself as well just working with him in his creative way because at first
it was really mine but as it started to grow it’s kind of become our project
Amanda and I got connected on Instagram and said that she would like to be in
one of the portraits I didn’t even have to think about it it just kind of was
like oh you’re the hemorrhaging woman the hemorrhaging woman led for 12 years
when she had heard that Jesus was coming into her town she said like if only I
could touch him I will be whole because she felt like that was the only thing
that she needed to be healed even though most women won’t suffer with the
hemorrhaging woman suffered I’m pretty sure that most everybody not just women
can relate to the the desperate desire to be healed of something Amanda
Vernon’s voices is so compelling and emotive and it just matched emotionally
perfectly with the image that we captured
my greatest hope for when people look at the pictures is that they can realize
that the Saints were real people and that we’re all called to that to God
is a very much part of our modern world and understands all the things that we
have to deal with every day if we allow him to use us to use those things then
it can be just as saintly as Padre Pio or someone long ago
it’s the openness and the willingness to do his will you

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