As a staff photojournalist at a newspaper, you get used to covering the same things year after year. It is our mission to do our best to find something unique.
I work on Sundays which means I cover all of the church services. It is par for the course around here to go to a couple services on Easter. Just like at any other assignment, I try to look for moments and light to make a different picture.
Here are a frames from Easter 2o14:
So naturally, as Easter approached this year, I was expecting to be assigned a few services to photograph. However, I only was assigned one. And it was unlike any previous Easter.
This is where my punny headline for the post — Mass Incarceration — comes in.
Bishop David J. Malloy of The Diocese of Rockford held Easter Mass in an empty housing block with about 25 inmates at the Winnebago County Jail in Rockford.
It was a very unorthodox setting for a very orthodox ceremony.
The Bishop took time after the service to chat with each inmate.
The contrast between the ceremony and ceremonial items with the coldness of the housing block made for interesting images.
The Bishop took time to deliver the service in English and Spanish to make sure all of the inmates understood his message.