In a scene that echoes the hauntingly beautiful Leonardo da Vinci painting of "The Last Supper," the bride has become an iconoclastic symbol, shrouded in her veil, surrounded by her entourage - she is beguilingly engaging and sublimely coy beneath the lace. This is a wonderful photo that makes us ponder the universality of "to be given" and "who takes." It is an image that transports the viewer to the precipitous edge of wonder.
By far the most difficult category to judge. Lots of great images. This isn’t a “loud” photo but I was struck by great timing and composition of it -- it was tight enough to tell the story, to read range of emotions on the faces -- but loose enough that still had a sense of place. Really nice image.
This is a twist in the expected moment with the groom raising his arm in a celebratory "fist pump" instead of the bride. But, even better, is how the raised fist is the primary focus of the image. The photo relies entirely on this single gesture. Well…let's not be too hasty...because in the background we find one small detail that almost vanishes beneath the air thumping. At right is a distant hand clap just in case we, as viewers, were unsure whether to celebrate along with this happy groom.
Who wouldnʼt wink at a man wearing a crown. Fun, unusual moment.
With a knowing wink the bride sends a clear message to the groom, as though to say, "You're with me babe. It's going to be over soon." As I write those words I realize how we, as viewers, draw from our on life experiences to add a narrative to images. I know how uncomfortable I would be wearing a crown. Though we may not know what this bride was really "saying," we can certainly agree that this image provided us a front row seat to share in a delightful moment.
I loved this photo simply because the juxtaposition of this quiet congratulatory kiss is suddenly blasted from its pixels by the riotous "hallelujah" from the woman in the background. It's a good example of how composition and an understanding about how people tend to view an image (at least in western cultures) is from left to right. Thus a strong entry point, the man at far left leads us to what we believe is the primary focal point in the center of the scene only to surprise us as those strong lines direct us straight to our ecstatic surprise at far right.
The serenity of the bride's face juxtaposed against a throng of clamoring photographers amidst a veritable sea of cameras is no match for the solemnity of this moment between a bride and groom. In this case, the visual dissonance bears evidence of a day set apart from all others.
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