"Rest" : Artwork by Eric Christopher Jackson

Dark Light

“A Series of self-portraits that express different aspects of my relationship with Jesus Christ.”
– Eric Christopher Jackson

The Dark Light Series grew from internal struggles I had growing up. I had to accept my faith; I had to accept that not everyone else was going to accept my faith. I also had my own questions and doubts. I really did not know how to handle what I was feeling and experiencing.

Once I started college, much later in life, I was old enough to understand and explain who I am, what I believe, and why I believe it.

However, the problem was I still could not talk to many people about Christ without being pigeon-holed or feeling out of place. I needed a place where I could express myself freely, say what I wanted to say, without fear of rejection or ridicule. Maybe, in silence, people could hear me.

Hence, this Series was born. I needed to practice my control of strobe lights for a class project and come up with an original concept for a series of photographs.

I knew I wanted to use a single light to represent the presence of God. The extra negative space would also serve as a placement for Him.

I am not an emotional person. My feelings are kept internally. Still, for this series, I attempted to show glimpses of different emotions as genuinely as I could.

Once I began to edit the scenes, the story of my life became evident. I was a man hiding from God, hiding from the light in the darkness. Even when I stepped into the light, my life was never perfect, and I felt alone.

Over time, I learned how to not be ashamed of my faith in God. I am still reminding myself to remain calm in the midst of the normal challenges of life.

Just because things go wrong does not mean God doesn’t love me anymore.-ecj

"Hidden" : Artwork by Eric Christopher Jackson

HIDDEN : 2009 | “I tried to hide from Him to go my own way, but He never leaves; His Spirit is within me.”


"Over Me" : Artwork by Eric Christopher Jackson

OVER ME : 2009 | “I feel reverence for Him as I stand in His presence. I get strength from Him to move forward.”


"Rest" : Artwork by Eric Christopher Jackson

REST : 2009 | “When I’m not running away from God and have decided to submit (surrender) to His will, I am calm, confident, even if things around me are falling apart.”


"I See Your Face" : Artwork by Eric Christopher Jackson

I SEE YOUR FACE : 2009 | “I have never seen Jesus’ face; I only imagine if I did, all I would see is intense light.”


"Anguish" : Artwork by Eric Christopher Jackson

ANGUISH : 2009 | “Sometimes I cry out to God, pleading, feeling like I’m not heard…and He listens to every word.”


"Here" : Artwork by Eric Christopher Jackson

HERE : 2009 | “When my pain is exhausted, I come to realize God has been working in and through my life, though He felt so far away. He is still here.”


"Revive" : Artwork by Eric Christopher Jackson

REVIVE : 2009 | “I am revived when I remember and hold on to the fact that Jesus will never leave me.”


"Listen" : Artwork by Eric Christopher Jackson

LISTEN : 2009 | “When I am not worried, stressed about the obstacles I face, I can listen clearly to the Holy Spirit’s voice guiding me on where to go next.”


"Alone?" : Artwork by Eric Christopher Jackson

ALONE? : 2009 | “Doubt returns when I don’t feel Him near me. Is He still there? Always.”


"Am." : Artwork by Eric Christopher Jackson

AM. : 2009 | “I am a child of God. I am free to be me.”


"Loved" : Artwork by Eric Christopher Jackson

LOVED : 2009 | “I am surrounded by God’s love. The greatest assurance of His existence is the Holy Spirit living within me.”




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