Beyond What is Written: photographs of non-believers in the Bible Belt of Tennessee

"There is a strong divide between the conservative and liberal Christians in Tennessee, but the non-religious community is so small that it is completely overlooked," remarked Tad Beaty from the Chattanooga Humanist Assembly.

Via Creative Boom submission. All images courtesy of the artist.

Via Creative Boom submission. All images courtesy of the artist.

It was this quote that formed the basis of British photographer Harry Flook's latest series, Beyond What Is Written.

Spending a month meeting and photographing non-religious communities in Tennessee, the heart of America's "Bible Belt", Harry's images explore the presence of religious imagery and rhetoric in notions of the American Dream, and the portraits picture a relationship defined by shared absence from religion.

"The project is about the loss and regaining of community and the changing religious landscape in America," says Harry, a graduate of the University of the West of England. "My photographic work explores subjects borne out of my own experience, a personal investment that has taken my projects in various directions. Leaving religion was the starting point for my most recent work."

Based in Bristol, Harry is a photographer and writer as well as online editor for Loupe magazine. You can find out more at or follow him on Instagram @harryflook.


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