After graduating from a heavily theoretical photography degree at Brighton University I spent two years investigating contemporary urban faith in Birmingham, UK. The photographs in the book ‘Under Gods’ stories from Soho road, published in 2011, intimately document the rich diversity of religious communities and the co-existence of different lifestyles along one road. For more information, please visit www.lizhingley.com/work/under_gods/
Seeking to ground my visual work within academic discourse I began an MSc in Social Anthropology at University College London, during which I published articles on visual methods in academic research. My MSc dissertation examined how shops are revitalizing religious practice in Paris. This work led to a series of international exhibitions, and further research on material religion in collaboration with Universities and institutions in France, UK and America. I am currently working with Professor Linda Woodhead on the ongoing series ‘Spiritual Object Portraits’, which explores the spiritual significance placed on objects by individuals throughout the UK.
Home and economic social divides are recurring areas of interest in my work. I received the 2013 Photo philanthropy activist award, 2012 Prix Virginia and the 2011 Getty Editorial Grant to complete ‘The Jones family’ project which explores the intergeneration cycle of poverty in the developed world.