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Faces of Christmas with Paloma Parrot

- 7 years ago

An original series of images have been released by Nikon and see German photographer Paloma Parrot travel across Europe to capture the people behind some of the most-loved Christmas traditions

Paloma, a minimal, graphic photographer based in Dortmund, showcases Nikon’s range of NIKKOR lenses in the series; the portraits focus on the people who work behind the scenes to make Europe’s festive celebrations a reality. From one of Lapland’s reindeer handlers to a Christmas tree farmer in Denmark, as well as British stocking and card printer and a German toy maker, the exclusive photography series reveals the skill and artisan craftsmanship of the festive season.

Feeding time
Upi Virkkula, Reindeer Keeper, pictured with his herd at feeding time. Paloma Parrot: D7500, AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR

Printed to perfection
Card maker Jade Downer pictured inside her own screen printing studio. Paloma Parrot: D7500, AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR

A sack full of surprises
Production Assistant Tom Count pictured at the Santa Sacks store in Sheffield. Paloma Parrot: D7500, AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G

Paloma Parrott told PhotoBite: “As a portrait photographer I’m looking for equipment that delivers phenomenally accurate subject recognition and superior performance, with the freedom and ability to convey my subject’s story from just one camera body and lens. Both of the lenses I used on this shoot offered the flexibility to capture intimate portraits while placing these people at the heart of their working environments to visualise their roles in the making of Christmas.”

The finishing touches
German toy maker Daniel Aust pictured at the Grimms Toys headquarters putting the finishing
touches to the factory’s wooden elephant toy. Paloma Parrot: D7500, AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR

Finding the perfect tree
Christmas tree farmer Anders Larsen pictured amongst his Christmas tree plantation. Paloma Parrot: D7500, AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G

Julie Turner, rocking horse maker, tacks a mane to a custom-made horse. Paloma Parrot: D7500, AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G

The taste of Christmas
Head Baker Mike Wallace pictured preparing the perfect Christmas wreath cake. Paloma Parrot: D7500, AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR

Photographers who are inspired by the ‘Faces of Christmas’ series, and want to experiment and develop their portrait photography can take advantage of a cashback promotion on the NIKKOR lenses feature in the campaign HERE

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Simon Skinner

Co-founder // Editor

Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.