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I "think" it's YWAM and these guys are at Holmsted Manor in Hampsted Heath, W. Sussex. Not totally sure. But I've been to Holmsted Manor once before and the piano looks rather familiar.

Johnny Laird

The Vision on the wall looks like the 24/7 Prayer Vision...

Dan Wilt

Fascinating. An image by an atheist noting the "set very much apart" training of Christian missionaries within a "closed environment."

How poetic. Again, an image is a mirror.

(Note: I have nothing against time apart for learning - it is a central theme of my work - it is the irony of the artist/art and the nature of the description above that I highlight as a helpful, gift reflection from the culture to the Church).

Dave B

Yeah, it's Holmsted - my brother-in-law used to be Base Leader there until very recently. I didn't know they'd had a photographer in though. It's very odd to see this place I know well as an object for documentary rather than as a place for living. The house lends itself well to it though. The photos are beautiful but they do make the students look bit washed-out, in keeping with the 'brainwashing' that's supposed to have gone on (and didn't - I've blogged my more drawn-out thoughts to save space ;).

Still, I've got a lot of love for Mark Denton for allowing his perspective to be changed as he went on with the project instead of just making a closed-eyes polemic.


Looks like an interesting exhibition, the pictures on Mark Denton's site do look beautiful. Dave B, I really appreciated your post on the subject too.


Hey Jonny, let me make the connection for you. It was the line about missionaries not factoring in our dark history.

BTW, you are responsible for that post. Do you remember you asked me a few years ago about the 'state' of my faith— In a pub, I think. At the time a gave a really crap answer. Well, its taken two years to compose and that's it, a proper response— a positioning statement. Cheers !-)


nic glad i drew you out!


Amazing photography. And the comments by the artist are really intriguing. I felt a real connection - powerful stuff and brilliant gifting.

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