Hello and welcome to a brand new feature for my blog! It’s called – rather unimaginatively – ‘I Love This Shot’ and is a showcase for the images I really love, but haven’t featured on the blog before. They might be real weddings, commercial images, portraits or personal images - old or new. I’ll also explain a little about why I love it and what it means to me. Enjoy!
I have a fascination with grafitti, I really do. Setting aside the moral issue of defacing public property, and the fact that some of it is, let’s face it, just a horrible mess, there are times when I see grafitti and it really speaks to me. Sometimes, it’s a profound message which makes me think about life in a totally different way. Sometimes, it’s just funny. (I remember vividly seeing ’crispy bum’ on a wall in Falmouth, which still makes me smile).
This shot, I love for many different reasons. I love the way that the message has been added to by another visual commentator. I wonder what the reason was? Were they saying that the graffiti artist was an animal because they were defacing property? (in which case, the intentional or (possibly unintentional) irony is just beautiful in itself).
I like to think that the original graffiti artist was making a statement about the natural state of the human race, and I like to think that the secondary narrator was opting out of the innate brutality and violence that being a member of humanity brings. I also love the poignancy of the fact that the message was written next to a barred window. I also love that the exclamation mark is written with a heart, not a dot (and that’s something I didn’t notice for a long, long time.)
I’m probably wrong on all of my assumptions about why it was written, but I’ll never know for sure. That’s what makes a great picture; one that makes you pause, ponder, think. One that makes you feel that it’s captured something important, no matter how small.
Spending time together photographing new places is something that Paul and I really enjoy, so choosing a great photographer for our wedding was an important thing for us. Out of all the portfolios that we saw online Belinda’s really stood out as being distinctive, highly skilled and able to capture the mood and emotion of a wedding. She spent time with us before the wedding day to get to know us, taking an interest in our wedding plans and ideas, and also demonstrating how she’d direct us on the day, which helped put me at ease, as I can be self-conscious in front of a camera.
On the day, Belinda was brilliant – she was totally unobtrusive, but somehow managed to be in the right place to take beautiful shots that really capture the atmosphere of the wedding. We’ll be able to look through our album years from now, and remember how wonderful the day was, the fun we had with our family and friends, and how joyful it all felt.
Donna & Paul