My father was a history major in college. When I was growing up I used to wonder why. I realized that once I started photographing interfaith and interracial weddings, learning more about my clients was a doorway into my interest about culture and identity. That connected me to my father's love of knowledge about past events. I became so fascinated with other cultures that reading and photographing in the U.S. was not enough to feed my curiosity. So I started traveling internationally to learn from the source. I wanted to live, breathe, eat, and experience first-hand what I perceived was unknown to me.
One question that I seek to answer is: How does modern society and/or a geological shift from one continent to another, generationally affect one's religious, social and cultural identity?
-Ross Oscar Knight
Title: Portrait of Muslim Woman from Lucknow in Wedding Costume Place of Creation: India Photograph Collection ca. 1860s - 1960s Source: DOE Asia: India: National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Title: Hindu Indian Bride Place of Creation: Florida, 2009 Source: Ross Oscar Knight Photography
Title: Hindu Indian Wedding Ritual Place of Creation: Gujarat 2011 Source: Ross Oscar Knight Photography
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