Will I learn anything from the people who took these pictures of Christmas trees long years ago?
What must have seemed crisp magic to them proved elusive.
I think I know why people take pictures of their Christmas trees, and I think I understand why such photographs disappoint. Without the equipment or expertise of magazine and catalog photographers, some trees look a muddle in the picture on which you or I click. Our trees with their lights and ornaments appear the earnest efforts that they are when they promised instead to be something mystical.
The truth is, I fear, that photos of Christmas trees rarely appeal to anyone other than those who decorated them.
I salute – somewhat wistfully – these three photographers and the earnest hopes at the heart of their Christmases.
I am safe for a few more days from the temptation to preserve a memory of any tree this year.
Might Christmas trees stay best and greenest forgotten?