Wedding photographer Abram Eric Landes, was awarded 10th place for photo 1744261 in the Symmetry category for the WPJA's 2015 Q4 Photography Contest.
The WPJA contest judges presented Abram Eric Landes, a District Of Columbia, United States wedding photographer, with this Master Piece Award as recognition for top wedding photojournalism in the industry.
The leading documentary wedding photographers in the world enter their best photos to the Wedding Photojournalist Association's photography competitions. They want their wedding reportage photographs to be evaluated and selected by some of the most notable and respected working picture editors and photojournalists in the news industry (these are not wedding photographers or other WPJA members judging their work). Winning these competitions is a true accomplishment for a wedding photographer.
I always am on the hunt for symmetry when photographing weddings for several reasons. It can shock the viewers eye and forces them to slow down, especially when looking through a collection of wedding images. It can control the story in an image and lead the eyes through it, much like elements of visual contrast or the relationship between focus and bokeh. My eyes go right to the elements in out-of-symmetrical-order, as it's definitely a thrill when I get to build visual order and develop a good tension in an image. When I turned around from photographing all the group portrait shots and saw the little lady taking a rest perfectly in the middle of our set, I just couldn't believe how well everything came together visually. I took my time to frame it "just so", and a moment later she was up and away.