Hands that get married.

Hands that get married.

July 13, 2011  |  Photoblog
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This is a detail from Nish and Prina’s wedding at the weekend.

It’s a very simple shot – available light with a shallow depth of field from a macro lens.  But for me it’s a very important shot for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, I take a lot of pictures of hands.  Hands touching each other, nervously holding speeches, slipping on wedding rings or like here beautifully decorated with henna and jewellery.  There’s a lot of emotion in hands.  One of my all time favourite portraits is of Henry Moore the sculptor.  It just shows his hands but you can tell that this is a man who has spent a lot of his life working with stone.

Secondly, I actually photograph quite a few Asian weddings.  I love the colour, the magic and yes, the excitement of several hundred people in a confined space.  Most of my Indian wedding work is for a small number of families since my work doesn’t entirely fit with traditional Asian wedding photography.  Of course I take photographs of the dancing and the family groups (sometimes over a hundred groups), but I also like to focus on the small details of the day.  Like hands.


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