A Christmas Carol

In 1843, Charles Dickens wrote “A Christmas Carol.” The story was so popular that it transformed a religious day into a holiday dedicated to generosity of spirit, heart and purse that lives to this day. The central character, Ebenezer Scrooge, is taken by ghosts in the night to see his past reenacted, his present interpreted, his future imagined, so that he may be moved to transform himself into the person he needs to be. He begins the story as a “squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching covetous old sinner!” and in the end “He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew…” And it was always said of him “that he knew how to keep Christmas well.”

This is the secular version of the story for which, the exteriors were captured in 2013 in England, some in Spitalfields, which is the area in London upon which Dickens set the story. In 2015, I employed the Artistic Director of the African American Shakespeare Company in San Francisco, L. Peter Callender, to play Scrooge, and many of the actors with whom he worked. We photographed at Grace Cathedral and in The Curran theater when it was under reconstruction. There are thirty-six images in the series.