Christmases by Thomas H.P. Jerusalem

Thomas H.P. Jerusalem (AKA Jerry) is a German photographer living and working in the western suburbs of Chicago. He specializes in fashion and conceptual photography. Jerry combines his life experience with his photography and style, creating vintage and surrealistic portraits of models in conceptual environments, devastated, displaced, out of the world, eerie and edgy. With rebel and punk influences, his work is laced with touches of irony and sarcasm, but always with a serious intent. His photographs tell stories.

We were always looking forward to Christmas as kids; me, my younger sister and my little brother. In Germany Christmas eve is the big day - followed by two Christmas days. Christmas Eve we always sat in front of the TV watching Christmas shows,  Dad was always disappearing in the living room probably helping the "Christkinder" set up the doll house or train set. Whatever they did in there, it seemed the best thing in the world. The train set always disappeared in the attic a few weeks after Christmas and showed up again Christmas eve with new engines and cars.

Mom and Grandma would be in the kitchen creating delicious smells. Sometimes we visited my other grandparents and returned home to Christmas lights making delightful an otherwise darkened house. Some years there were real candles, but usually every time I got a new sibling they got replaced by electric candles. I still remember the nights when we walked back from my grandparents to our house. Everything was so peaceful and I held tighter to my Mom's and Dad's hands just to show them how much I loved them.

With the simplicity of classic family traditions, Christmas held a magic which it weaved in our imaginations for months in advance.

Then Mom died - and Christmas was never the same again.

These photos reflect various Christmases in my life...

 

Model: Melissa Koenig Photographer: Thomas H.P. Jerusalem, A-MOMENT-IN-TIME.COM Photography, Chicago, Illinois USA

Model: Melissa Koenig
Photographer: Thomas H.P. Jerusalem, A-MOMENT-IN-TIME.COM Photography, Chicago, Illinois USA

Model: Melissa Koenig Photographer: Thomas H.P. Jerusalem, A-MOMENT-IN-TIME.COM Photography, Chicago, Illinois USA

Model: Melissa Koenig
Photographer: Thomas H.P. Jerusalem, A-MOMENT-IN-TIME.COM Photography, Chicago, Illinois USA

Christmas at Grandma's (1972) Model: Hailee Harris Photographer: Thomas H.P. Jerusalem, A-MOMENT-IN-TIME.COM Photography, Chicago, Illinois USA

Christmas at Grandma's (1972)
Model: Hailee Harris
Photographer: Thomas H.P. Jerusalem, A-MOMENT-IN-TIME.COM Photography, Chicago, Illinois USA

Christmas at Grandma's (1972) Model: Hailee Harris Photographer: Thomas H.P. Jerusalem, A-MOMENT-IN-TIME.COM Photography, Chicago, Illinois USA

Christmas at Grandma's (1972)
Model: Hailee Harris
Photographer: Thomas H.P. Jerusalem, A-MOMENT-IN-TIME.COM Photography, Chicago, Illinois USA

Christmas at Grandma's (1972) Model: Hailee Harris Photographer: Thomas H.P. Jerusalem, A-MOMENT-IN-TIME.COM Photography, Chicago, Illinois USA

Christmas at Grandma's (1972)
Model: Hailee Harris
Photographer: Thomas H.P. Jerusalem, A-MOMENT-IN-TIME.COM Photography, Chicago, Illinois USA

Christmas at Grandma's (1972) Model: Hailee Harris Photographer: Thomas H.P. Jerusalem, A-MOMENT-IN-TIME.COM Photography, Chicago, Illinois USA

Christmas at Grandma's (1972)
Model: Hailee Harris
Photographer: Thomas H.P. Jerusalem, A-MOMENT-IN-TIME.COM Photography, Chicago, Illinois USA

Melissa and Gabija celebrating Christmas Models: Melissa Koenig, Gabija Guzauskaite Hair: Cyndi Piotrowski Make-Up: Julia Simone Photographer: Thomas H.P. Jerusalem, A-MOMENT-IN-TIME.COM Photography, Chicago, Illinois USA

Melissa and Gabija celebrating Christmas
Models: Melissa Koenig, Gabija Guzauskaite
Hair: Cyndi Piotrowski
Make-Up: Julia Simone
Photographer: Thomas H.P. Jerusalem, A-MOMENT-IN-TIME.COM Photography, Chicago, Illinois USA

Another boring office Christmas Party Model: Melissa Koenig Hair: Cyndi Piotrowski Make-Up: Julia Simone Photographer: Thomas H.P. Jerusalem, A-MOMENT-IN-TIME.COM Photography, Chicago, Illinois USA  

Another boring office Christmas Party
Model: Melissa Koenig
Hair: Cyndi Piotrowski
Make-Up: Julia Simone
Photographer: Thomas H.P. Jerusalem, A-MOMENT-IN-TIME.COM Photography, Chicago, Illinois USA
 

Decoration Model: Lily Mae Hair and Make-Up: Shannon Rodriguez Designer: C. Rinella Designs Photographer: Thomas H.P. Jerusalem, A-MOMENT-IN-TIME.COM Photography, Chicago, Illinois USA

Decoration
Model: Lily Mae
Hair and Make-Up: Shannon Rodriguez
Designer: C. Rinella Designs
Photographer: Thomas H.P. Jerusalem, A-MOMENT-IN-TIME.COM Photography, Chicago, Illinois USA

Christmas will be just another lonely day Model: Melissa Koenig Photographer: Thomas H.P. Jerusalem, A-MOMENT-IN-TIME.COM Photography, Chicago, Illinois USA

Christmas will be just another lonely day
Model: Melissa Koenig
Photographer: Thomas H.P. Jerusalem, A-MOMENT-IN-TIME.COM Photography, Chicago, Illinois USA