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It’s December folks, and you know what that means…

Sydney February – November 2014 (11 photos). My last post for 2014.

So this is Xmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun

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And so this is Xmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young

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A very Merry Xmas
And a Happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

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And so this is Xmas (war is over)
For weak and for strong (if you want it)
For rich and the poor ones (war is over)
The world is so wrong (now)

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And so Happy Xmas (war is over)
For black and for white (if you want it)
For the yellow and red ones (war is over)
Let’s stop all the fight (now)

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A very Merry Xmas
And a Happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

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And so this is Xmas (war is over)
And what have we done (if you want it)
Another year over (war is over)
And a new one just begun (now)

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And so Happy Xmas (war is over)
We hope you have fun (if you want it)
The near and the dear one (war is over)
The old and the young (now)

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A very Merry Xmas
And a Happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

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War is over, if you want it.
War is over now.

Happy Xmas

“Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” is a song written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, released in 1971 as a single by John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir. It was the seventh single release by Lennon outside of his work with the Beatles. Originally a protest song about the Vietnam War, “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” has since become a Christmas standard, and is frequently covered by other artists. As far as I can determine, the abbreviation of Xmas for Christmas is as John Lennon had written it.

Over at the WordPress Weekly Photo challenge, this week’s topic is Converge and the author asks us to explore the ways lines and shapes can converge in interesting ways through photography. He says you can take the theme in a literal or an abstract direction, as you see fit. There are converging lines in the second photo but more importantly, the combination of photos converge towards a point. I think I’ve covered his instructions.

Thank you for your interest in my blog over the past year. In 37 weeks of active posting this year (yes, I take a lot of time off) and 73 posts, I hope you’ve seen a few posts and photos to entertain and interest you. Have a happy and safe Christmas and holiday period. I should be back next year.

Until then, remember: “Candid photography is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

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So this is Christmas


158 thoughts on “So this is Christmas

  1. I find Christmas quite depressing to be honest…exactly because of this hypocrisy. It’s all just a commercial feast and like we are all supposed to be jolly and forget our problems cause it’s Christmas… For the homeless it must be terrible, not only because of the cold but just seeing people running around spending so much money on useless things… Oh well, your photos are amazing anyway πŸ˜€

  2. From start to finish you led us on a journey and shared a story to remind us what Christmas really means and to think about those who are not as lucky. Perfect last blog for the year πŸ™‚

    Merry Christmas to you too, safe travels over the festive season and I can’t wait for more of your photos in the New Year and a story or two.

    • Thank you very much. In reality, this post was created when I took the “War is Over” photo. It’s how my mind works. But it is a timely reminder to remember those less fortunate.
      Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year too. πŸ™‚

  3. Lignum: say it isn’t so! Last post of the year? Well, it did bring a tear to my eye… can’t say that I “like” it, which is not to say that I did not appreciate it… very moving and sad. Enjoy the rest of your December. Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. You have helped 2014 be a little brighter. See you in 2015. C.

  4. Another great post and a fitting end to your 2014 – I’m heading out now to do my homeless outreach volunteering, so your images here are particularly fitting. To this and all that goes with the season, you cannot change the world, but if you can make just one persons today a bit better, it is worth the effort. Cheers!

  5. Flashy festivities and brutal reality…. It has been a fun year in your company. That song was on my blog one xmas. May you have a good and productive break from blog, Draco, and land back safely. Best wishes from me!

  6. A beautiful post. Loved that song in ’71 and still love it! You really portray the dichotomy of the season here. Your post is real. I do wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I have enjoyed your posts and look forward to your return! πŸ™‚

  7. A fabulous and most timely post dear Lignum. I think of Xmas as a kidney stone, something painful which will eventually pass! Enjoy your break and look forward to seeing you in your own good time with more wonderful scenes! Adios!

    • A kidney stone? Just take some paracetamol, and if that doesn’t work, then plenty of red wine. You have a wonderful way with words, Patti. πŸ™‚ Thank you, and see you again soon.

  8. I am always deeply touched by your photos. I hope people heed the sign and “Prepare to Stop”, to think, reach out, be thankful, and most importantly, be compassionate.

  9. wow, some powerful convergence in this post! Enjoy your time off and wish you a very Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year…hope to see you back here in 2015!

    I always enjoy your posts and I like not knowing what I’m going to get!

  10. powerful photos of people in need …and just before Christmas!! a very strong and thought-provoking post, Lignum!!

    though I am not happy to read you will be away for such a long time, I hope you will spend a fabuous time off and next year you will continue to delight us with your incredible photography!!

  11. What a great series of photos, and the story this post tells! I like how all the glitter and shine of the Christmas season is contrasted with people who are in a really unfortunate position of being homeless. The photos are so well composed! Happy holidays Draco! Thank you for sharing so many great stories! πŸ™‚

  12. The contrast between luxury mall and the homeless people is alarming. Thank you for bringing the attention of such an astonishing gap of our society through your lens and the Happy Xmas (War Is Over).
    Thank you for your last post for 2014. Thank you so much for your amazing 73 posts.
    Happy Christmas and Happy 2015 to you, Dragon. So very glad to hear that you should be back in 2015. πŸ™‚

    • What the…? Different guise? Goodbye? Sounds like you’re giving it away and don’t want to be found. Of course, this rescinds my offer to give you right of refusal to be photographed. πŸ˜‰

      You know where I am, and if you don’t make it too hard for me to recognise who you are in your new guise, then all’s right with the world again.

      Have a wonderful Christmas, M-R. This seems kind of appropriate:

      Farewell, Aunty Jack,
      We hope you’ll be back.
      Though you’re ten feet tall
      You don’t scare us at all.
      You’re big, bold and tough,
      But you’re not so rough.
      There’s a scream as you plummet away.

  13. Wonderful images to represent the season…Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and arts. They are brilliant!
    Looking forward to see your posts in 2015!! (btw, are you going on Christmas & New Year break already?)

  14. I thought the juxtaposition of the very commercial shots (especially the one with the focus on the reindeer ornament with the subliminal ‘SHOP’ in the background) was contrasted starkly with the homeless shots. While I am fuzzy on what constitutes a visual convergence that is abstract, I think this works for me.

  15. Wow. I understand why you juxtaposed the flashy color with the b&w but the shots of the street people are powerful enough…and yes, beautiful enough… to stand on their own. Very different from your regular offerings, Mr. Dragon, I like these very much.

  16. Thanks for sharing your amazing photos as always πŸ™‚

    Hope you enjoy the holiday season and I look forward to what you have to share in the new year. Take care.

  17. to remain in him says:

    It was really a big box of chocolates from you, thank you so much for that. And hope more to come next year:)))

  18. This post started happy and exciting for me with great X-mas decorations in beautiful looking malls, then it turned very emotional, seeing all those homeless people, sitting right smack in the middle of the promenade. What a pity. I hope they’ll have a merry X-mas too.
    Lignum thank you for 73 great posts with awesome photos. You made me feel like an ‘Australian’. I am going to miss our conversations but I hope it will resume next year, with gusto. Have a very Merry X-mas and a Happy and fulfilling New Year! Please don’t leave your Camera behind during the break. Best wishes!!!!

    • There’s definitely a lot of contrast in life.

      Thank you very much for the kind words, Liz. Have a wonderful Christmas and happy healthy New Year. I’ll be back soon enough.

  19. An excellent series of images. The degree to which they relate to the theme of convergence quickly became trivial in light of the far more important issues you were so eloquently illuminating. Well done and thanks. I’m looking forward to what you bring us in the coming year. In the meantime, I wish you a happy holiday season and a well deserved break,

  20. Knew I’d be too late to leave a comment. Serves me right 😦
    Jude promised me a look at the David Jones windows and this is as near as I’ve got so far, but maybe by the time you’re back….
    Hope you have a peaceful and beautiful festive season. What a sad time of year to be homeless!

    • The David Jones Christmas windows are an institution here. I didn’t realise they had international recognition though.

      I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and great start to the new year.

      • Lignum – We’ve been off to a bumpy ride but picking up speed. I’ve thought of you a great deal and Tom asked me a couple of days where your photos where so I’m thrilled to see you here. I’m putting your direct link on his laptop. We have a photographer (professional) house guest at the present time and wow – do they ever go after it. I’m going right now to get you in my reader and hopefully you stay there permanently this time. I think I’ve learned a new trick to make that happen.

        • Sheri, I’m glad that things are on the improve. Stay positive. I’m honoured that Tom has such an interest in my photography. I’m in real-life catch up mode at the moment, but should be back to it in the last week of January, or maybe early February.

          Thank you Sheri.

  21. LB says:

    Powerful! and one of my most favorite songs.
    Thank you for reminding us about what the real NEEDs are for Christmas and not just the WANTs.

  22. No better way to say it, Draco. >3 That was a great way to end the year and welcome the new.
    Alle the Best. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours from the Four of us.
    Dina xo

    See you next year! πŸ™‚

  23. What a beautiful article my dear !!!!! Yes we often forgot that a lot of people have not our chance to celebrate these end of year parties with home, warm and a lot of things that we are able to note that we are lucky to have…
    I hope you had a merry Christmas and I send to you a lot of wishes from France.
    I wil be happy to read you again the next year to present you my best wishes πŸ™‚
    Bises my dear

    • Thank you Sophie. Life is unpredictable. Since my last post, both our countries have experienced terrorist related attacks and deaths. What more can I say?

      I hope you’re well, and I’ll see you again soon.

      • I am happy to read you, Yes these past events are terrible and they change our life I think.
        I am OK ,little hard in my work because I want to change to an other service, and my bosses are not happy of that, so a lot of emotion, cries (yes I am a girl) and hopefully there is photography to make my spirit walk away from this little troubles.
        But it is time to change after 13 years in the same place. Have a nice week end , Take care and see you soon my dear Draco:-)

  24. it’s January… and past mid January… and you know what that means? it means you should be coming back… I been missing you and your stories…
    hope all is well into the new year, Lignum!!

  25. I like the way you mixed these two kinds of images – very thoughtful! I was just thinking how beautiful that shopping mall was and the wonderful Christmas decorations, and you took me very sharply into something entirely different. It’s odd, I had this awareness that I wanted to look away. How strange is that when you are looking at a photograph? I don’t think I’m in denial of poverty or bad luck in this world, but I was taught from childhood not to stare, especially at someone with a disability or a homeless person. But I didn’t realise how ingrained that was until that moment!

    It is very strange this earth – while people who don’t have bow their heads in shame, sit lowly on a pavement waiting for someone to help, those that have walk by almost as though it’s not happening. Our lives can be like parallel universes! And of course, the ones who have, may be in need more than they appear, and they may also have noticed and felt for one on the street, but never stopped because of fear of one thing or another. Life is never as it looks. Thanks for a thought provoking seasonal post! πŸ™‚

    • Some of the homeless I pictured were outside the malls/shops I photographed. Life is full of contrasts. I guess we are all taught not to stare – it was actually quite difficult for me to get these shots. We’re not all in control of our own lives.
      Thanks for looking, Suzy.

  26. Happy New Year there! I hope you are in a good health. I wish you to fly through the sky of 2015 safely and happily and to come back on wordpress as soon as possible. πŸ™‚

  27. It was about time you showed up πŸ™‚ I have missed you and I was also worried. After all you were absent for more than a month and a half. I am glad to hear you did some Christmas cleaning on you header – it is making me happy. πŸ˜€

    • I’m like Batman, quietly hiding in the background until I’m needed. And sometimes not noticed until I’m gone. πŸ˜‰

      It’s very busy for me at the moment, Paula. I won’t start posting photos again until mid-late February.

  28. Hi LD!!! Missing you…I do not want to push you but..Well,,,I have been waiting…I do not know you a lot, and work and taxes are very important…But…Well…You know…Hope you are cleaning your invisible suit and come back with the New Chinese Year… πŸ™‚

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