Joe Johnson's "Mega Churches"
Worship means big business in photographer Joe Johnson’s project Mega Churches.
These spectacles of churches, huge in their arena-sized stature and audience presence, take religion to the next level by broadcasting their rituals to viewers around the world. Johnson focuses on the mechanisms that aid in the productions that are put on: there is a certain feeling of theatrics that are put into place. The more there is to see means more people watching, and by extension more revenue for the church. Despite the largeness of the spaces, you can feel the tension in the room – will the message be heard, and will the show go on as planned?