Elegant with lovely lines contrasted well against the while dress.
This is a photograph of simple elegance as a bridesmaid kneels at the alter next to the bride. The juxtaposition of something ornate, like the bridal gown and shoes when muted by that glossy floor creates a silky pattern of reverence.
There is a dejected feel to this image that the starkness and the framing add to.
This would also probably have worked had the man's face been shown but it might not have if his expression did not work, so the photographer made a good choice in simplifying it down to just a few essential elements.
The simplicity of the background and the starkness of the dark figure clutching a pair of frail looking shoes creates a tug-of-war between opposites. The strength of the man's hands, fiercely clutching something so delicate can't help but create drama. But the center-weighted composition and hard light is what "brings the curtain down."
Here's a photo to like. Layers of lace and ribbon that drape a pair of shoes layered in ribbon. It seems pretty obvious. It is. That's what makes it so lovely. There is no pretense here. This is what it was and shall always be - at least in this photo destined for an album.
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