It’s really amazing how fast things change. Six months ago Gov. Rick Perry was a strong contender for the White House and what feels like overnight he’s disappeared from relevance in the Republican primary race. In August Perry tried to rally the conservative Christian right at an evangelical prayer event held at Reliant Arena in Houston. I was commissioned by Newsweek Magazine to photograph the rally, Perry and anything else of interest. People were really into their prayer and that’s what interested me most so I remember aggressively wandering around the floor of the stadium shooting what these people were passionate about. I tried to understand or atleast make a visual translation of what they were doing. Before the event I was pretty terrified of what might take place but it was a wake up call to a vast sector of the American population that I’m rarely exposed to in Austin’s liberal/apathetic/progressive bubble. The participants were fasting during the rally as a part of the Call to Prayer so there was no food to be found. This was a logistical nightmare for a working photographer so I came prepared with croissants from breakfast (I ate 4).