Nothing is as compelling as real life. The men of these images, sharing their stories have lived very real, sometimes painful lives. They were lied to, deceived, cheated and hurt more deeply than most us can imagine.
Yet they are fighters.
Today they fight for their families. They fight the influence of a sinful past so it can not return on their children. They fight to rebuild the lives that once were lost. To restore the roots, that withered under the strain of street life that can sap the will out of the strongest person. These men are a living transformation!
In each man's story there is a moment of quiet reflection, where Christ, reached out and touched their wounded spirit. Wherever they were, jail, on the street or in a dirty restroom surrounded by drugs, Jesus found and touched their lives. To the best of our ability the subjects and myself re-created that moment in time where Jesus became real to them.
In each portrait, if you look closely, you will see a small cross; A symbol of Christ finding them, breaking them down and bringing the radiance of the Holy Spirit into their darkened lives.
Whatever these men were, today…..they are transformed. The cross of Jesus prevails.
Thom Halls, Feb. 2014