“It is not easy to convey a sense of wonder, let alone resurrection wonder, to another. It’s the very nature of wonder to catch us off guard, to circumvent expectations and assumptions. Wonder can’t be packaged, and it can’t be worked up. It requires some sense of being there and some sense of engagement.”
Eugene H. Peterson
“What we have at the moment isn’t as the old liturgies used to say, ‘the sure and certain hope of the resurrection of the dead,’ but a vague and fuzzy optimism that somehow things may work out in the end.”
N.T. Wright – Surprised by Hope.
It has been almost customary to accept, if one believes in an after life, that all will ascend to the heavens.
Even within the church there is the rising opinion (a false one in my view) of the likes of the theologians such as Steve Chalke and Rob Bell of some sort of universalism. The view that it does not matter what you believe, it only matters how you act in this life on earth, and even then, there will be a second chance once death has come and gone is gaining in popularity both within society at large and even within the mainstream church.
To me, scripture is clear. There will be a separating out of the wheat and the tares, or the sheep and the goats (these are the farming analogies that Jesus used when teaching a farming community). Some of us will go metaphorically “up” and some will go in the contra direction! (If you think that this is a load of tosh, we will not fall out over it, will we? You can still enjoy this art, can’t you?)
This series of images aims to illustrate the journey of the soul, from the darkness of earth and into the purifying flames of gold and the cleansing water flowing from the throne of God.
I cannot point to this process in reality in any Biblical text. therefore, please bear in mind, in art and literature the exploration of the divine is fraught with danger as the viewer criticises the artist as, or when, they apply a literal application onto the work.
Art is about representation and interpretation and this body of work is not literal and should not be taken as such. It is merely an attempt at visualising a mystery that is divine.
I also need to mention the models Yaz, Yaz Everley and Storm Stewart, and the wonderful MUA, Karen Salandy without whom this shoot would never have happened.
I hope that you enjoy this work as much as I have enjoyed creating it, believer or not.
I hope that you will also take some time to view some of my other work, in my ten-to-zero projects and in the shop.