Faith Healing in London

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According to a report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) entitled Faith In The Nation, at a time when British society and culture are generally more secular than in the past, new waves of migration are changing and renewing religious communities of all kinds, and significantly altering the religious landscape of the United Kingdom. The IPPR report states that 4.5 million of the UK’s foreign-born population claim some religious affiliation – approximately a quarter are Muslim, while more than half are Christian. The report found that the most significant change has been the growth of Pentecostal and charismatic Christianity within migrant populations, particularly those from Africa and Latin America. This is particularly evident in larger cities, especially London, where hundreds of churches now cater primarily to the religious needs of these expanding communities.

…at a time when British society and culture are generally more secular, new waves of migration are changing and renewing religious communities of all kinds, and significantly altering the religious landscape of the United Kingdom.

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The dark vignette seen in many of these images was not added in postproduction, but is instead the result of using a wide-open aperture on a low cost lens – a unusual optical abnormality which was unavoidable given the lighting restrictions and equipment available to me at that time. I later learned that the filter I was using to protect my lens further intensified this effect.
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