Here are a handful of photographs I'm glad I made during the holidays this year. For sure I also piled up family-mandated pictures of people unwrapping gifts, but those are almost uniformly boring and unfulfilling.
I started early on the first day we woke up in Montreal. Some friends came over in the middle of a blizzard, at the same time I was practicing a flash trick with snow flakes. When I saw them I snapped them getting in.
The next day I thought we'd have a portrait session. That was a disaster, barely one useful frame came out. One of the frames captured the failure particularly well; a failed posed shot becomes a successful reportage shot.
The next one I like a lot, but people around me don’t get it. I like the fact that Santa’s face can’t be seen, as if the universe couldn't permit it and nudged my aim at the last instant. Yet this Santa’s personality comes through clearly, without need for a face.
The third one is my absolute favorite this Christmas, which I shot off-the-hip in Live-View with the 35mm Distagon ZF. I think it looks like a painting from an old master and I find more things to like every time I look at it.