“Buildings of Worship”, 2019 | Maia Pavey


Maia Pavey is a London based documentary photographer and artist, who graduated from Falmouth University with a BA (Hons) in Photography in 2019. Pavey uses the camera to investigate themes of memory, space and time, ranging with a use of different processes of analogue and digital techniques. She is also interested in returning to the same spaces that are personal to her, using the deep contrasts of light and dark found in ambient light to convey her emotions and the emotions of others.

We spoke to Maia about her chosen series.

Are we the most atheist generation to date? With 53% of adults having no religious affiliation (The Guardian, 2017), our towns, cities and villages remain prolific with religious buildings both contemporary and old. The contrast between them can be vast: while liturgic buildings are still present, they are being converted into houses, flats, restaurants, etc, leaving modern religious buildings not being as large a presence as their predecessors in their forms. The post-war architecture of churches describes a change in attitude to design and a change of where money is funded into – these buildings have had less time spent on their making. Frank Lloyd Wright said that “form and function are one” (1958) but with these buildings, is a sense of spirituality in its form as well as its function? This typology of post-war buildings of worship allows the viewer to ask these questions about the reasons why some religious architecture may not appear to match its function.

To see more of Maia’s work, visit https://www.maiapavey.co.uk/

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