Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Fellow in the Humanities
2003—2004 Forum on Belief
German, Visual Studies
Lens on the Mennonites: What Words Can't Say
Visual language and other non-verbal media often serve as surprisingly apt vehicles for the exploration and representation of such abstract concepts as belief. Flake proposes to study the Mennonite population of British Columbia through the lens of her camera. Her aim: to compose a photo documentary of their life and faith. Though Flake also plans to avail herself of resources like the Mennonite Historical Society of British Columbia and the Columbia Bible Institute, she believes that the photographic image will ultimately reveal an intimate and unique perspective on the belief system of this religious community.