This picture I do not post because of it being in any way extrordinary, but because I want to upload something and to give a sign of life on Flickr.
We've been through some rough times this Christmas as my girlfriend lost a dear family member unexpectedly.
Before that happened, I did take some pictures of us and the parts of our families and friends we managed to meet. As I wanted to capture the warm atmosphere, I mostly went without a flash and with my good old Nikon prime lens that hasn't seen much use recently. I was amazed (again) by the quality I got from it with my Nikon at up to ISO 6400 and from using aperture f/2 most of the time.
The other thing I realized again (and again and again) was how much music helps me to keep the upper hand. Sometimes it is quiet, contemplative music that gets me going again as I think through whatever is bothering me, but this time, it was upbeat, uplifting punk from Red City Radio's "The Dangers Of Standing Still". I got the vinyl as one of the Christmas gifts this year from my girlfriend and had it on heavy rotation through online streaming already before that for the past few weeks.
When today, after coming back exhausted from Johanna's family yesterday and having had a busy day again, we finally managed to sit down for a few minutes, I put on the record "for real" for the first time.
So this picture in a way sums up what has been going on with me this Christmas.