Christmas photoessay: Allegorical stories

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As the year draws to a close, and the clouds are finally about to pass over the horizon…

This year, I’m changing the usual christmas humor post format a little bit for variety. I present to you a year end allegorical story-photoessay with some darkly humorous captions – and yes, I see how this could go disastrously wrong. Hopefully worth a smile at least; finding enough previously unpublished images (on this site) to use was not easy! Enjoy, and Merry Christmas to you and your families! MT

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…the office is empty…

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…you can dream of a little relaxation…

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…and time has come for a little happy dance.

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But on the way home

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(Possibly a byproduct of one more for the road.)

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Regrets may be purged.

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Even if you are left damaged, and wondering how it came to be…

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…and your family’s accusing stare…

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…puts you in the proverbial chair.

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But there’s no time for confusion

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Because the emperor’s new clothes aren’t yet complete

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And it’s soon back to the climb for the harvest of those flies…

Note: titles have been changed from the original to fit this storyline. Shot with a wide range of hardware but all processed with the Monochrome Masterclass workflow. Go on, it’s Christmas tomorrow: why not treat yourself?


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  1. Bravo! Love the accusing stare, btw. Hope your Christmas was good, and your New Year is Happy!

  2. I’m inspired by your work. I love it!

  3. Ian Hunter says:

    Brilliant! Happy and prosperous New Year to you all. I loved the high rise photograph, what’s wrong with some people?

  4. Merry Christmas to everybody.

  5. Happy holidays Ming. I wish you and your family all the best. Thank you for all that you do and the wealth of information you share with us.

  6. Merry Christmas to you and your family – especially to the little one with the accusing stare 😉

  7. Best wishes to you and your family Ming for a healthy and happy 2017.

  8. Very nice, Ming. All the best to you and the family. 🎄🎄

  9. Lovely!

    All the best in the new year!!!

  10. F U L L S P E C T R A says:

    Love this post. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Ming. Thank you for all of the super reads and images this year. Looking forward to reading you again on the other side. Best wishes, Rob.

  11. Merry Christmas to you and your family Ming.
    Cheers Len

  12. Merry Christmas to you Ming. Thanks for all you do. Good to see some family images.

  13. jean pierre (pete) guaron says:

    🙂 – whatever did you do to your daughter, to make her pull a face like that? I love these photos, Ming – you’ve beaten me off the starting gate with one of them (“But on the way home”) – I saw the chance to take a very similar shot a couple of days ago, and haven’t yet gotten around to taking it. I should push myself harder !

    • Nothing much – she goes through the full gamut of emotions on a fairly fast rotation – all you have to do is be in the right place at the right time… 🙂

  14. Merry Christmas Ming to you and your family. I am looking forward to year two of the weekly workflow!

  15. Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year to you and your family.

  16. gordon frederick says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Ming, Have a happy & safe time.
    P.S i must get around to showing you a pic in queenstown a couple of years back i think i took photo of you going into Patagonia chocolate.

  17. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to everybody here who’s celebrating. Thanks for a nice show through the year and interesting essays and articles. Best wishes to Nadiah, little Sophie and not at least you 🙂

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