Photo Story: Hunter Barnes, "Faith"
"This is when they started [serpent] handling in the church service. I just remember the sound of it – I'll never forget when those things were rattling and when it rattles that means it's warning you that it's going to bite. And he [Pastor Tommy Addair] picked it right up and was talking about faith. It stopped rattling. It was like watching a little kid in its dads arms.
They don't just handle at any time. They only handle when they have that feeling. I mean, there is nothing fake about this. They're wild timber rattlers. Not just anybody goes up there and handles. It's not at any point. It's just you can feel it – it's incredible. They handle on faith. Their faith in God is so strong and so pure they believe all of it. They don't just believe a little bit [of the King James Bible] they take every word literal. Serpent handling means everything to them.These people treated me like I was family and were absolutely kind and giving to me." – Hunter Barnes
Milk Gallery will showcase Barnes' latest exhibition "A Testimony of Serpent Handling" beginning today, December 13th through December 23rd. Join us this tonight from 7 – 10PM for the book signing and opening reception at Milk Gallery.
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