photography by Benjamin Holtrop
Communion | 2015
“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder
Benjamin Holtrop is a multidisciplinary film photographer, stylist, & art director. He also is the community & art director of Aesthetic, a fashion driven design house dedicated to creating purposeful content and fostering an inclusive community.
1/ How do you carry through your practices of ‘slowness’ from your work and transfer them to life at large?
I think the slow living aspect of my work that I tend to bring over into my life would be that of intentionality - to do / have things that have purpose. I think that when you approach your life with that in mind, you often have to slow down and really appreciate the world around you. I find that when I appreciate something it takes on value and makes life richer both in your experience & environment.
2/ What kind of preparations do you participate within for the holiday season?
I really don't have specific traditions but I think a big portion of "holiday prep" is bringing nature indoors due to the lack of nice weather in which you can enjoy the holidays.
3/ What does the holiday season remind you to do more of?
Spend more time with friends & family.
4/ Do you have any rituals or traditions for this time of year? If so, what are they?
I really don't have any traditions but I do definitely drink more peppermint tea!
5/ Has your perspective on the holidays changed over your life? How?
No. It's just as magical as I remember it being. I think maybe its due to the "once a year" aspect of it.
6/ Do you have any particular standout or fond memories of the holiday season?
Going to grandparents house was a HUGE part of the holiday season growing up.
7/ What makes them important to you?
To be surrounded by family and to be celebrating life & love.
8/ Throughout the year we find ourselves losing track of important practices we emplace at the beginning of every year, what are you keen to get back on track with the rest/holiday season coming up?
Hmmmmm. Maybe working out/off all of the amazing holiday food. haha.
My ideal morning over the holidays looks like... slightly chilly with peppermint tea & curled up listening to holiday records.
Materials and fabrics perfect for the holiday season are... marble, wool, and brass, marble as it references the colours found on a snowy mountaintop, wool for coziness, & brass for the polished shine and warmth.
My approach to gifting is... all about the little things for house and home.
I would like to close this year... surrounded by friends.
The holidays mean... celebration & thoughtfulness.
My Christmas menu must haves are... roast, brussel sprouts, garlic potatoes, cornbread, & cheesecake.