I've already admitted that the holidays make me a little grinchy. All the rushing about, fighting traffic and deadlines, often makes me wish I could teleport into a stress free, holiday free zone. Perhaps I should also grudgingly admit that I occasionally enjoy the holidays. Last night was one of those occasions -- good friends, good food, Christmas lights and booze. It was... nice. So today, I'm feeling all vulnerable to sentiment, a wee bit susceptible to oozy good cheer. And in that spirit, I'm gifting you with a slice of holiday magic:
Behold these gorgeous images by Barry Underwood, who stages light sculptures at night and then photographs them to spectacular result. If you don't feel a little sense of wonder while viewing his work, your sense of wonder may be broken.
Dear Barry, all I want for Christmas is a 40x40 print. That shouldn't be a problem, should it?
If you live in Oakland, go see his show at Johansson Projects. As a photographer who also shoots at night, I can tell that his work would benefit from being seen in person. There's such incredible, delicate detail in the images that they promise to surprise and amaze when viewed in full scale without ever revealing their mysterious origins.
Just like magic.