154 5th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37219
At the December Art Crawl, “Bricks and Faith” features four Watkins students — Alexis Hunter, Kara Kramer, Jasmine Franklin, and ST Davis — working in traditional analogue photography, a process that is rarely used in the photographic community today. Not only are these students working with film for the show, they are exclusively using large-format cameras, a device introduced in the early 1800s. This type of camera helps to capture the grandiosity of the historic architecture at the Downtown Presbyterian church, while also maintaining a historical feel through the imagery.
The Downtown Presbyterian church participates in the Art Crawl each month, hosting artists in residence. It is also involved with the homeless community, providing food and opportunities. The building was built and rebuilt several times before the start of its final construction in 1848 by the same man who designed the state capital, William Strickland.
“Bricks and Faith” captures multiple aspects of the church’s characteristics, from intimate detailed shots of pews to the lavish Egyptian style pillars that reside in the main hall, preserving the history that is tied to the bricks and the faith of the community.