It has been a long road but this month, May 2015, I finished a major project that started in December 2006 after hearing Handel’s “Messiah” at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. That experience and subsequent discussions with a close friend were the catalysts that inspired me to tackle my current project.
The new project is entitled “The Seven Last Words of Christ.” In this project I endeavor to communicate the pain, suffering, love and compassion Jesus displayed as he sacrificed Himself for the sins of all mankind. I believe that Jesus Christ is the most holy Son of the living God and as such, He did not have to endure the suffering and humiliation of the Roman crucifixion. He could have at any moment brought this drama to an end, called legions of angels down from heaven condemning His torturers or even destroyed them with His breath. But He chose to endure the suffering and death completing the Father’s perfect plan of redemption for all who would believe.
In the summer of 2009, after contemplating and developing numerous ideas as well as producing many sketches, I was ready to do a photo shoot. I constructed two full size crosses, produced numerous period correct outfits, did research, produced “reel blood”, secured a location and gathered many models. We did two days of shooting and after hundreds of photos and much videotaping, I was ready to start the project in earnest.