These pictures from Missouri-based photographer Jesse Rieser give a candid portrayal of what Christmas is for many people – gaudy light displays and awkward familial moments. Jesse’s photographic survey of Christmas in suburban America sees all sorts of interpretations of the festive period and it makes for uncomfortable but compelling viewing. From elaborate Christmas wonderlands in living rooms, to Santa playing pool in a dingy bar, Jesse’s photographs provide a deadpan glimpse into different Christmas traditions.
The series was initially inspired “by the absurdity of a five-storey inflatable Santa who appeared to be guarding a tree lot,” explains Jesse. These flashes of excess feature throughout the series and while they’re tacky and a bit naff, the good intentions render them weirdly charming.
- "Where’s my community?": Skin Deep and POC on the need for diversity in the film industry
- Jee-ook Choi conveys complex ideas using fine linework and muted colours
- Photographer Mehdi Lacoste on working with Actress
- French designer Victoire Coyon’s understated portfolio
- Unit Editions’ upcoming book on the unparalleled work of Paula Scher
- A creative composite of illustration: ten years of Christoph Ruckhäberle’s Lubok
- A new national identity: Smörgåsbord Studio rebrands Wales
- Graphic design gems: Chicago gang business cards from the 1970s and 80s
- Photographer Dougie Wallace captures the super rich spenders of “Harrodsburg”
- “Romance in a sort-of fantasy world”: photographer Molly Matalon's new work (some NSFW)
- Studio Michael Satter’s sophisticatedly simple graphic design portfolio
- Harry Pearce and Pentagram create a new identity for Pink Floyd’s record label