Photographer Karen Alsop Brings Santa & Christmas To Sick Children In Melbourne

Karen Alsop wanted to give the sick children some moments of happiness in this Christmas and this is what she came up with.


Karen Alsop is an Australian-based photographer and digital artist, and on this Christmas, she came up with a whole new project unlike any other called the Christmas Wish Project. In this project, she magically transports terminally ill children from the hospital beds to winter wonders with Santa Claus.

She decided that she wanted to give the sick children at Monash Children’s Hospital in Melbourne a gift that they’ll never forget. She set up a temporary photo studio in an empty room in the hospital, and with a dressed up Santa, she took snaps of the children in various imaged scenarios. Then with the help of her co-workers and Photoshop, she created magical dream-like winter worlds for those children in the photographs. The whole project took 15 hours straight but when you’ll see the pictures, you’ll agree that it was all worth it after all.

She said on her website, ‘I’ve always felt for the children…who are unable to leave the hospital during this season. I wanted to give them a gift that brings hope and I wanted to free them, at least in a creative sense…from the confines of the hospital ward and the reality of their situation. My main aim was to rekindle their faith of what the future holds for each of them.’

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You can find more of Karen Alsop’s work on her website, Facebook, and Instagram. She also offers retouching training and workshops.

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