The End Is Real was inspired by religious works from the 15th and 16th Centuries.  The characteristics of elaborate frescos, painted with painstaking care to create countless individuals with their own story and purpose, are woven into one profound message.  The portrayal of each character is so detailed, that each can stand alone, in complexity and emotion.  The End Is Real attempts to recreate this feeling through the use of photography.

The End is Real is a modern interpretation of end times.  It is composed of over 500 photographic layers, each shot individually.  Every participant in the piece represents either a modern interpretation of a well-known and controversial biblical character or one of John’s 144,000 (Rev. Chap 6).  The scriptural interpretations by the artist are portrayed analogously in contemporary forms.  Historically, messages of the past are portrayed by individuals to whom we can no longer relate.  The End Is Real bridges the gap between man’s earliest spiritual foundation to a fresh interpretation, resulting in a medium that places significant figures in current context to which we can relate.  

The individuals that can be identified are contemporary interpretations of Jesus Christ, Judas, John the Apostle, The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, the moneychangers, Mary Magdalene, Mary the Mother of God, Isaac and Abraham, Pontius Pilate, John the Baptist, Angel Gabriel, Elijah the Prophet, Eve, and the crowd at the crucifixion.  Each object is also symbolic and is placed with intent to draw attention to societal and personal sins.  The concepts of gluttony, greed, lust, and blasphemy are only several of the many facets of human nature communicated through the lens of the camera and the vision of the artist.
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