THE ELECTRICITY OF OUR CITY
Wow this wedding was fun. Now do not take those 3 words as lightly as I know you probably will.
I'm talking about a colourful collision of urban street portraits, laughter amidst the changing lights of Leeds Left Bank. Walking with the bridal party around the lost places, wind struck ribbons, pigeons take flight, shopping trolly pushing, selfy taking with tourists & drunken stag do's. Tears over tables, family homes, paper flowers & home made IPA's. Dancing until music thumped through ear drums of all that stood to witness. WARMTH, Family, Balloon chasing, Yellow skip taking, LOVE... &Hand in hand all the way. ELECTRICITY between all for a fleeting day to wake the very soul...
This is Hannah & Ben. From leeds Town Hall to the City Streets. From graffiti laden Car Parks to the Halls of glass that cast an everlasting spotlight to guide them through the night.
No more words. Pictures say it better.
SHUTTER GO... LOST & FOUND ~ BEN & HANNAH
I once was lost but now I’m found. Yes it’s finally time to catch up on all of those unseen moments from my recent weddings of Summer awesomeness that might not have seen the majestic gaze of your peepers. I’ve had a little break from the series for a few weeks & you also may have noticed blog posts have gone quieter than a Buddhist Monk that’s taken a vow of silence sat in a library.
Well in the rare circumstance that I stop blogging, creating elaborate social posts & talking general rubbish on the inter webs I’ve entered a state that I like to call “Lock Down.” (Queue Dramatic Music) “Oh wow Ryan, what is lockdown? That sounds incredibly serious & important” Well... Let me tell you. Alarms flash red in my office, I wear all black including a balaclava. I dress my cat in a Special Ops uniform & after a quick phone call to the government it’s all systems go. I shouldn’t even be telling you this really as it would only create mass panic when leaked to civilians.
Ok... not really. It’s just an overly dramatic name I gave to the bit of the year where I’ve got a shit ton of wedding photos to edit & no time to blog. I know, I know my previous description was way cooler. But I can’t wear a balaclava anyway, my wife would testify my head is so huge that there isn’t a hat on the planet that would fit my pomade laden meat ball & look good. Also I would get balaclava hair & without my hair... I am nothing.
So with that outta the way let’s get stuck in to the bloody magnificent wedding of Ben & Hannah from back in August over at the awe inspiring Left Bank Leeds.
The first photograph is definitely one of those “Why the Hell was this not in the previews?” moments. But sometimes the feeling & power behind an image isn’t immediate & only becomes apparent after spending some time to see what’s really there. Those shafts of light weren’t instantly noticeable in the original photo. But when taking the photograph I had spot metered for the window light knowing & hoping they would be there. A slight bump in exposure & holy moly BEAM ME UP SCOTTY!!!
I wanted to keep Hannah & Ben a Silhouette so focused on using the dodge tool on those rays of sunlight coming through the windows that lit up the happy couple like natures own spotlight. (For the none photographers amidst readers, the dodge tool is a brush used to lighten a selected area) I told Hannah & Ben before they sat down for the meal that at some point the sun is going to be exactly in line with the windows & asked if they minded me invading their personal space to utilise the light when it was at its most magical? Of course they were more than up for it & with patience, reading the light & of course having an incredible couple stood centre stage to share it with, Magic was made.
Coming in at number 2 was one of the first group shots I took with the bridal party at this wedding. I often leave the Bridesmaids & Groomsmen shots until after the meal in Summer. Partly because I like to spend a little more time on them & utilise the surroundings. But also because they’ve had a drink, relaxed a bit & will be more inclined to hang around dodgy streets while I point a camera at them. I loved the colour contrast in this urban scene. The blue of the gate & a good old yellow wall of magnificence. I remember making these guys look to their right. partly because it removes the instinctual reaction to smile at the camera but also because the smiles were mixed with a “What the Hell is wrong with this guy?” look. It only took a minute before every single last one of them was strolling round this little pocket of urban Leeds like they owned it. Boom!
Number 3 I bloody adore as it’s such a beautiful example of the space that Left Bank provides for such an epic portrait location. It’s also a prime example of how a glass prism can be used to create a seamless mirrored composition that not only increases that space but removes distracting elements within the composition that aren’t as visually appealing. A tiny loved up couple of humans in the shape of Ben & Hannah right in the middle & Click... All the wow’s. I also appreciate it even more because of the sheer effort it was for the beautiful Bride Hannah to get her epic dress through the narrow walkways that lead to the balcony this shot is taken from. These guys really did go all out for the photo & I can't thank them enough.