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    Luke Stephenson: Santas in their grottos

Photography: Luke Stephenson photographs Santa impersonators in their grottos

Posted by Liv Siddall,

It’s not too early for Christmas posts, right? Great! What better way than to kick off the festive season of Christmastide content than with photographer Luke Stephenson and his portraits of Santa impersonators. Stepping into the grotto of as many Santas as he could find, Luke photographed them in an honest format to show off who they really are: normal men doing a job. In this series we are allowed to peer behind the nylon beard and the non-prescription glasses and check out the man beneath. How funny to realise that the shopping centre Santa we thought was Saint Nick himself is just a guy that looks like one of your friend’s dads. Such a great project. A big round of applause for you Luke Stephenson!

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Posted by Liv Siddall

Liv joined It’s Nice That as an intern in 2011 and is now one of our editors. She oversees itsnicethat.com and has a particular interest in illustration, photography and music videos. She also runs our London listings site This At There, and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast.