Happy Holidays

In my part of the world and in my culture we are about to enter the celebration of Christmas, as many others around the world are about to do. It’s a time of the year when we often try to summarize how the year has been. And usually look forward to a week of holidays together with family and friends.

This year has been rather special and will be during the Christmas holidays, too. The reason we all know too well: corona or covid-19. The pandemic has set restrictions for how we can live and act, and will do so these last days of the year as well.

The consequences have come in many forms and shapes. Photographically, for instance, this year I have captured about 58 percent of the amount of photos I would do in a normal year. Not that quantity in itself is important, but the number still indicates something about the limitations.

I have hardly travelled this year. Which is also rather unusual. Normally I would have something like close to 200 travel days during a year. This year, I was only away in January and in the beginning of February. A fate many have shared. If nothing else, the environment and the climate have benefitted from less travelling.

As we move towards the end of the year, things slowly start to look brighter, even when numbers of infected increase many places in the world. The quick developing of a vaccine, or actually a handful of vaccines, brings hope for next year.

This will be my last post of the year. I wish you all a pleasant and safe couple of days, whether you celebrate Christmas or not. May you all enter the new year with hope and may it be the turnaround point we all desire. Thank you for having followed my blog. It’s been encouraging, not the least during the period not long ago when I lost the energy for blogging. I very much appreciate all the support and wonderful feedback.

See you all in 2021. Stay safe. Be Happy. Spend time with those you care for. Photograph a lot. Wish you all the best.

59 thoughts on “Happy Holidays

  1. Thank you for your thoughtful posts all year, Otto, I have enjoyed them! While the year has been challenging, it has had its rewards also in time to think, pray, dream, grow. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you, my friend!

  2. I miss traveling too… although I certainly don’t travel as much as you… but I long to be on the road again!. Best wishes.

  3. That’s a lovely greeting, Otto 🙂 🙂 I’ll join you in hoping for a return to better times next year. Meanwhile, all you need is love! Merry Christmas!

  4. Merry Christmas and a Better New Year! Thank you for being there, reflecting, encouraging, being positive. Hopefully 2021 cannot be worse than 2020.

  5. Wishing you happy holidays and hopefully, a better year in 2020. I’ve enjoyed your posts enormously this year (as in other years).
    The sooner we all get used to a new world and lifestyle the better I think. Not that that is any consolation to you and others who make their living travelling and working in different countries, but creativity and initiative will overcome some of the obstacles you and other photojournalists face. 🙂

    1. Creativity is never limited by any restrictions. On the contrary, it thrives on restrictions. Nevertheless, I hope to get to travel some more at some point next year. Thank you, Vicki. Wishing you all the best.

  6. Merry Christmas, Otto, and yes, here’s wishing a Happier New Year!! xoxoxoxoxox
    pretty picture btw!

  7. The light is breaking through the challenges and uncertainty of this year. Let’s hope that the lessons and revelations of this most difficult year will change the way humanity acts toward each other. Stay safe and well.

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