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.