It's Christmas... Silent Night echoes through the shopping centres, there's a Santa Claus on every corner. Celebrations fill the air. It's a time for family, love and joy. At least for many of us... Not so for those unfortunate families who have loved ones living out their days in the confines of a hospital ward.
#sickchildren receive a #magical #santaphoto that frees them from #hospital with @adobephotoshop
While the outside world sings joyfully, there are many families just struggling to make it through the night, unsure of what the future holds.
It was this understanding that led Photographic Digital Artist, Karen Alsop, to establish The Christmas Wish Project. After a year of bringing joy to families across Australia through The heART Project, Karen knew she wanted to do something special for many families struggling through the Christmas Season.
Christmas is a joyful time, a time I love to celebrate with my family, but not everyone has that blessing. I’ve always felt for the children in particular who are unable to leave the hospital during this season because at a time when the world is joyful, their pain is even more evident. I wanted to give them a gift that brings hope and I wanted to free them, at least in a creative sense, from their IV lines, monitors, from the confines of the hospital ward and the reality of their situation. My main aim was to rekindle their faith of what the future holds for each of them.
Karen Alsop - Story Art
Once the studio set was ready, each family was invited one by one to meet Santa, and have a photo with him in the Christmas studio.
What they didn't know was that this was more than a standard shopping centre Santa set up. The magic was only just beginning...
After the 30 photos were captured the team elves set up their production line, working fast to create individual artworks for the children.
Karen worked her magic, compositing each child into a beautiful handcrafted scene (made up of her own photography and hours of preparation work in Photoshop). As soon as she completed a piece, it was sent through to print. The assembly line concluded with each artwork being cut, framed, labeled and wrapped, ready for the special delivery that night.
Some of the children, like Arthur below, were unable to leave their rooms for the photoshoot, so Karen photographed them in their beds with a special visit from Santa. She later transported these children to a magical land, where they could imagine they were free of their IV Lines, monitors and beds.
When everything was ready, Karen, Santa and her team began their special deliveries throughout the ward. When the children and their families unwrapped their unique artworks, they were completely astounded by the surreal results.
My image transported me to a place far away from all the worries of everyday, it portrays a very special memory and captures a good moment while in hospital, something to remember, rather than something I wish to forget.
Brittany - 17
Visit Karen's Education site to watch the Video Tutorial on HOW this was accomplished
Victoria McKay (BTS Photography)
and the Monash Children's Hospital