Friday, January 27, 2017

Feature Wedding - Nicole and Rowan - Melbourne Museum and East Elevation.

This week I cheered like a crazy man with my daughter at the MCG for a cricket team we are hardly passionate about, then days later wept while holding my wife's hand in Hamer Hall, overwhelmed with tears as Yann Tiersen shared a very moving concert. Such is the stuff of life here in Melbourne, we are blessed. And once again, this aging, often overly critical, generally skeptical man, who sometimes forgets about being in the present, was reminded of the sublime brilliance of shared experience. Perhaps that's faith, but I'm not sure. This leaves me to question my work as a photographer, one who contributes to what can be an overwhelming and insidious narrative (okay that's an overused, often incorrectly used word - so let's call it 'news feed') of over-styled interiors, perfect families, perfect food and wine, and great looking people, all back lit with stunning bokeh.
So why do I do it, when it does bother me so? Well, my best response, the one I tell my friend Catherine, who questions my work often (thank you), is that I really like relationships, not perfect ones, the real ones. And there it is, I photograph weddings not because of romantic love, but because of the people and the shared experience.

As so here is another fabulous day for one couple and all those whose know and love them. There are no photos of the bride having make-up applied, no photos of blokes dressing each other, there is barely a bridal party, but you will find a great couple, an iconic Melbourne location, a groovy cafe and an abundance of people having a good time. Joy and a few tears. Here's to Rowan and Nicole, thanks for bringing me into your world for one crazy afternoon and evening - and a few drinks around Northcote!






































 













































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