It’s the pure honesty of human interaction that draws me to image capture and weddings in particular. Compositional rules thrown out, these are simply giants among men enjoying the moment. A groom and his friends tucking into the spirit of a day, no requirement for formality or posing. It’s a funny old business being a wedding photographer. I can often go several hours without interacting with anyone. I simply watch, observe and raise a camera when I see something beginning to strike a chord, be it physical or emotional. I like to think I’m pretty gregarious by nature, and I probably get that from my late father. Yet I also find solace in the solitude of wedding photojournalism. I met with a couple this evening who are planning a typically British style of civil ceremony to be followed by an equally typically Indian service. Upon hearing that this documentary excursion is two hours in ceremony time alone, I practically salivated at the thought. Whilst some photographers may be engaged in the business of recreating emotion or creating crafted set ups, the idea of wedding reportage for me as I mature constantly in this genre, is simply captivating. A photographic friend of mine quotes ‘observation, not orchestration’ within his web pitch. I so wish I’d have coined that phrase, because I think it fits with the desire I have for honesty of capture.
BERKSHIRE WEDDING VENUE: Esseborne Manor near Andover
SHOOTING DATA: Canon 5D Mk2, 200mm from a 70-200mm lens, F2.8, 1/1250, ISO 640