Andrea Alessio (b. 1966, Italy) photographed this series of black and white images in and around his home town of Treviso, in Northeast Italy. In empty rural street scenes and residential sleepiness, Alessio's images are illuminated almost exclusively by Christmas lights. The dark of night and the mysterious mood of the scenes offers the images a contradictory emotion: we are at once uncomfortable in the abandoned darkness and cozy in the holiday spirit.
Before You, Santa Claus, Life was like a Moonless Night is available as a book from Nazraeli Press.