The Last Enemy – Mark Bell




‘The Last Enemy’



Video compilation of my fine art seashell photographs set to the narration of my poem The Last Enemy, with a soundtrack of Phil Hart’s composition Treasure in Jars (used with permission).    The poem links threads throughout scripture on the resurrection of the body – II Corinthians 4:7 – We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure – the literal translation being ‘Vessels made of shells’.  The photographs provide a visual focus illustrating a ‘left behind’ body that will one day be raised – because Jesus was raised.  In a year, where friends and relatives battled cancer, the threads of scripture on the resurrection of the body provided a source of hope and comfort.

The Last Enemy Transcript





Mark trained at the University of Edinburgh and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.  He has practiced as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine in the UK and Australia over the last two decades.  He has a keen interest in Theology and Art, particularly the medium of Photography, and likes to see faith expressed creatively.  Mark lives with his family on the beautiful north coast of Northern Ireland, which is the subject of many of his photographs.




  • Karen is finishing a PhD program in the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts after careers in corporate management, consulting, and pastoral and theatre ministry. She explores theological and theatrical contexts of ’empty space’ and general human disposition toward it, with emphasis on improvisation (specifically Playback Theatre) and Holy Saturday. Since 2017, Karen has led or advised ITIA’s Transept group, a postgraduate-led group of multidisciplinary practicing artists. Karen was an editor for Transpositions from 2017 to 2022. As Editor-in-Chief, she fostered a closer partnership between Transpositions and Transept, hosted the In/break exhibition on the Transpositions site, and introduced regular series into the publishing schedule.