Photography series captures couples with different beliefs but shared love

Charlene (Roman Catholic) and Jay (atheist), with their children (Colin Boyd Shafer)

The INTERLOVE Project is an ongoing documentary photography series by Colin Boyd Shafer that explores how people with differing beliefs come together in love and shared respect.

To date, Shafer has photographed more than 40 interfaith couples from across Ontario, Canada, with each portrait taken at a location that is meaningful to them. Each portrait is accompanied by the story of how the couple met, fell in love, and overcame obstacles.

NCR: When did you come up with the idea for this project or how did it come about?

Shafer: I really like doing portraiture, and I've done many portrait series. The largest one was Cosmopolis Toronto. I photographed someone from every single country of the world that lives in Toronto. That was a yearlong project, and it was really creating a lot of dialogue around diversity, and it went very well. So I thought, what other elements of diversity could be focused on, and one of them that I think is important or hasn't been discussed enough is the diversity of relationships that exist. And so, I came up with the idea to embark on this project which is Interfaith Love Stories

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A version of this story appeared in the June 19-July 2, 2015 print issue under the headline: Different beliefs, shared love .

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