For over eight years I photographed confessionals throughout the United States. I photographed in ornate city basilicas and airy rural chapels, modern churches with angled pews and cathedrals with leaking roofs and drafty stained glass windows. Despite the diversity of architecture there was a similarity to the confessionals. They were often worn down and less cared for than the churches themselves. Many were constructed with plywood, plastic and acoustic tile. I am interested in what this architecture reveals – the people and stories the confessionals have held and the way the spaces sometimes feel like the act of confessing. I photographed from the perspective of the penitent with a large format camera and available light, often using long exposures to reveal the dark spaces. I searched with my camera for what might be left behind.

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