“Regarding that “moment,” the idea for Journeys with the Messiah came to me in 2004 when I opened a gallery in Watercolor Resort in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. It was a peaceful place and I thought we should make it more of a sanctuary where vacationers could come for a moment of peace. Then, a thought came to me, “What if all of the images on our walls were depictions of messages from the Bible.”
Over time, that idea grew. I thought about it, talked about it, but did nothing about it until late 2007 as I was about turn 60 in early 2008. I asked my wife, “What if I die I and I have not done this? God has trained me for 30 years; given me the talent, the vision and the financial resources; what excuse would I offer?” That was the moment we decided to put my career on hold and pursue this dream that I believe he placed on my heart.
The project was planned throughout 2008, photographed in late 2008 and released in the fall of 2009. I have not returned to my career as a fashion photographer and Journeys with the Messiah Foundation, Inc has just filed the documents for approval as a non-profit corporation.” – Michael Belk, Journeys with the Messiah – A Fashion Photographer Explores the Modern-day Relevance of Jesus
For more information about Michael Belk’s Journey Project visit his website Journeys with the Messiah.