I've never been a fan of weddings (maybe it's the lack of sentimentality of the male species), but everything changed when I brought my favorite analogue friends along.
The first wedding I attended was my parents’. They got married when I was around 3 or 4, and I was their ring bearer. Naturally, I have no recollection of that event. I was too young to care about what my parents were going through. So for the next few weddings I attended, I was quite detached from the significance of that sacrament, more often looking forward to the meal and/or the drinking that follows. Things changed this year, when I graced two wedding ceremonies accompanied by my LC-A+ and Fat Lens cameras.
I got into Lomography early 2008. I found some cool looking cameras being sold online by a friend, and I started doing some research on what those things were. When I purchased my first camera, a Fisheye No. 2 , aptly named Fish, I have been shooting ever since and bringing along my toys whenever I can. My current favorite is my LC-A+, Veronica. And I when I brought her and her trusty sidekick, Borgy the Fat Lens, along with me to attend weddings this year, I finally saw weddings in a different light.
I’ve always seen wedding photos taken by the mighty dSLRs, the tool needed by wedding photographers to photograph that important event, and I have not seen marriages in the analogue perspective. I had no idea how analogue photos of weddings would speak to its witnesses. So I snapped away, using both black and white and slide films. I used 400 ISO black and white films for the indoor shots and 100 ISO slides for the outdoor shots, both 35mm.
The end results blew me away.
There is a certain sentimentality to these photos that I surely would not have felt when I attended without my cameras. These photographs provided me with a connection to the event, I was no longer just someone invited to take part in it, but my happiness was compounded with the chance to shoot and immortalize the event through my own lens and eyes.
Of course, I could have looked at my parents’ photos of their own, which were captured on film, and I did. But they did not replicate the same feeling of nostalgia and romance as with photos taken with the current analogue cameras. You can’t really explain it fully, but you know there is something special with the photographs shot by them.
Photography has always been part of matrimony, no matter the culture, belief and religion. Bring in analogue photography as part of it, and things will take a different twist. I will definitely bring it to my own.