Comet : a photographic installation
thesisposted on 22.05.2021, 15:43 by Gregory Severin
This major research paper is written to accompany the photographic installation COMET. The project examines the town of Raymond, Alberta and their high school football team, the Raymond Comets. I look to visualize the specific reality of Raymond, especially their approach to sports and how it interfaces with their faith as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This paper supports COMET in three main ways. I examine my own history of sport and my relationship to the Raymond Comets, I overview their faith and its relationship to sport, and I provide my own history developing COMET. I detail the theoretical and practical approaches used to produce COMET, examining the role of observation within photography, and describing the process of building the narrative within the gallery. Finally, I describe influences on COMET, and detail how and where COMET fits in the history of the documentary tradition.