Years ago, an old family friend told me he liked to look at the Christmas tree without his glasses on because the lights were blurry and beautiful. I am also very nearsighted, and can’t in fact recognize my own husband two feet away from me without my glasses on, but can find my way around the house ok without them at night. The other night, I walked downstairs for a glass of water without my glasses on and was surprised to see our tree still lit and beautifully blurry. I was reminded of this friend, and enjoyed a few quiet moments by our tree in the middle of the night by myself. I wanted to recreate that feeling, that moment, those lights, with my camera. I freelensed this image. Christmas lights are fun to photograph in all sorts of ways.
Christmas for me is a time for family and reflection on the year behind us, as well as the year to come. It’s about good food and time off work together, movies and games, and hopefully some quiet moments too. But mostly about spending time with those we hold close to us and gratitude. I’m so thankful to have the people I do in my life, and for the Christmas seasons we are able to share together during our time on this earth.
I am wishing all of you a peaceful Christmas and holiday season, however you celebrate, with family and friends you hold dear. Hope you find some serenity and quiet moments, and plenty of good food also.
The Serenity Project is a colloborative group photography project. Participating photographers aim to bring a sense of calm and peace to their imagery. Please continue the circle to my good friend, Iris Nelson, Metro Phoenix Photographer