The photographer, the reflection of the mirrors and weddings

REFLECTION by the LISBON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Maybe, as a wedding photographer, I see in the reflection of an image, in a mirror, my fascination with it seems to be, but it is not. I would not like that a photo, made by me, was some sort of a parallel universe exactly like the one it represents. I would never have a photographic camera that gives me back photographs completely the same as the world my eyes can observe. If that happens, I am sure, I would never be a photographer and, much less, at weddings. To have a replica of the world just like my eyes see it, it was enough to look at it.

Happily, my photographic camera has many flaws and limitations, compared to my eyes. Happily, for me, also my lens, which I have to use for my work, has the ability to metamorphose the light, present in my subjects and transform them into something else, something we like very much, called photography. In the end, a photo, like those I recover in the weddings, besides being a reality that it was, they also are, at the same time, an altered reality without, however, escaping the truth that they are in charge to tell.

That is the great challenge, of the photographer, at the wedding, that attracts me and gives me that need to come back, wedding after wedding. The mirror attract-me exactly because of that. They are, already, an altered reality. On one side, they have a limited field of view, not adapting themselves, they just are or be. On another side it is an inverted image, the left side will be, there, the right one. His size and place, are what give them the possibility to offer me things and my point of view, what I can see, in them. Knowing that I am preparing photography that is already a copy of the reality, that I want to pick up, is something fascinating to me. Maybe, because of this, it has always been in mirrors where I did the photos I like the most. I do not say the best, but those that faster attract my eyes and my taste. So, it is evident why I always take advantage of them, even if, sometimes, their immobility irritates me and does nothing to help me, given the love I have for them.

Bride in the mirror with whom is helping her in the preparation for the wedding.
Bride in the mirror with attention to a detail.
Laughing bride, seen through a mirror.
Bride in portrait in a mirror.

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