Real moments. That’s what I’m drawn to.
There is no such thing as a perfect photo, just a perfect moment. If this photo were staged I would have made sure that the background was cleaner without the distraction of the chairs and windows, much less one of the bridesmaids sitting on the sill. But moments like aren’t staged or planned and a documentary photographer captures them as they unfold.
Careful processing draws the eye away from the distractions and to the subject of the photo. Still, the composition is strong and, in a way, I actually prefer the background as it gives a sense of place and speaks clearly of the moment’s spontaneity.
I put far more value in capturing the emotion of the moment that creating a “perfect” photograph. To me, perfection is about preserving a memory.
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