THE PHOTOS AND THE TIME by THE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
There are stories that I have told in the photos I have taken as a wedding photographer that, every now and then, when I go through my archives for the most varied reasons, or because I want some for a new article in the blog, or because I remembered that in that wedding I experienced something I want to review and perhaps I will miss, or because, and it happens to me, some nostalgia forces me to go back and see if what I thought would be a photograph, or a story that I thought would resist, or remain, in time actually happened. That’s why, instead of only making articles with photographs of the last weddings, I find myself using, again, the material already shown another time, here.
Maybe it’s my main motive and what moves me in my work. I only noticed it when a colleague brought it to my attention. What is true is that, first, without knowing it, I had this concern. I never cared if my work did not follow the fashion of the moment if I used the colors that are now used, if I picked up the lenses that give those effects that, now, are trendy, or if my beloved black and white were in the tone or contrast with that you see in the blogs of my colleagues or the wedding subject matter experts. Of course, I see, and of course, I like to know what’s going on but, for whatever reason, only one thing moves me when I’m developing my work besides the obligation of having to know how to tell a story in photographs.
Time. Time is the only reason I’m hired to cover a wedding. The time that contained it and all the time that will pass after it. Especially the latter. I know that, as a wedding photographer, I have to take it, to the day of the wedding, to another time other than the time of the day, of the wedding. A time we call the future that likes, in these things, back and forth to visit what was passed and make it forever present every time the photographs, that came from there, present themselves to the eyes of those who were part of them and were main characters as bride and groom, parents, groomsmen and guests in general.
That’s why I like to go back to the past to see if it’s still very present and if I feel at ease because I see that it will also be present in the future. I feel at ease knowing that those who hired me will also have that feeling, a good one I think, of always having their past well present in the future. And only photographs can do that, and the wedding photographer knows it well.