What a special gift for Christmas!
Karen Alsop wanted to do something special for Christmas. So the award-winning Australian photographer put her skills to good use – by bringing Christmas cheer to sick children and their families.
Karen then established The Christmas Wish Project – a unique photography project that transports seriously ill children from their hospital beds to magical winter wonderlands.
On her website, Karen explains her reason behind the photography project. She said that:
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 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, who is based in Melbourne, then set up a temporary studio at the Monash Children’s Hospital, and together with Santa proceeded to take photos of the kids in different scenarios. After snapping up the photos, she then worked her Photoshop magic on them to create dreamy winter wonderlands for them.
And it was truly a magical gift for the kids. Just take a look at these incredible photos.
Arthur and his mom, laughing with Santa
13-year old Miah petting a reindeer
Newborn Sarvi cozying up to Santa
17-year-old Brittany on an adventure with Santa
Brittany said of the experience:
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.
Click next to see more of Karen’s magical photos.
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