“It was there – while staring into that bright red bucket, vomiting every hour on the hour for fifteen hours straight – that I started to think how strange families, suburbia, life, vomit and in particular, Christmas really was…” 

Magnum photographer and World Press Photo award winner, Trent Parke gives Christmas an Antipodean twist in his latest book, The Christmas Tree Bucket. Working in colour rather than in his trademark black and white, Parke constructs a modern-day Christmas story set in suburban Australia starring friends and family. The work was shot from 2004-2009, following the birth of his first child Jem, and evolved from a move to Adelaide (where his partner Narelle grew up), as the family wanted “more space, family support and a change of scenery”. The book was released last year to coincide with Christmas 2013 and includes photos of a flaming birthday cake house, carbon-encrusted biscuits, barbecues,

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