Hi! I'm new here, but I've been an ex-witness since 2015 (not disfellowshipped, faded and inactive but no longer believing) and I'm working on an art/personal project gathering the bapstism photos of many different ex-witnesses.
I am asking that anyone who feels comfortable with it send me (private message me) their photos that they or others took on the day of their baptism (before, after, or during). I will NOT post these online anywhere or publish them. They are strictly for my art/personal project. Please let me know in the message if you would like certain faces blurred out (including yours). Your name or any information about you will NOT be included in the project ( you will remain completely anonymous).
This project is for an art class I am taking at my university. The photos would not have your names or any other information about you attached. They would be shown to my class of students and my professor and never published online or distributed or shown to anyone else without your express permission. Respecting my fellow ex-witnesses is my highest priority here, so please let me know any use of your photo that would make you uncomfortable.
If you're anything like me you had family and witness friends gathered around taking photos of you before, after, and during baptism, taking selfies and group photos with you all day, etc.
Unfortunately I can't see my old baptism photos because they are kept by my mom who is still a practicing witness and asking for them from her would involve a very uncomfortable conversation.
But I remember that day very well and who I was that day and how different I am now. Thinking about the space between now and then makes me feel an odd mixture of emotions that maybe some of you share.
By gathering many photos from many different people with very different experiences and yet this one thing in common that we share, I want to highlight the cognitive dissonance of our collective beliefs and experiences as ex-witnesses.
Again, this is only if you feel comfortable, but I would love to have your photos. Remember to PRIVATE MESSAGE ME if you are not comfortable with everyone seeing your photo. (If you are then post away).