Photographer Ian Weldon shows weddings beyond cliché and staging – in all its truthfulness.
The wonderful photographer Martin Parr has become aware of Ian Weldon and organized an exhibition for him at the Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol. The exhibition I am not a Wedding Photographer will be on view from June 26 to August 10, 2019. You can order the photobook with the unconventional wedding photos here: www.rrbphotobooks.com
You want to marry and have your wedding pictures in mind? Both of you on the beach, under the blossoming apple tree or on the flower meadow, the looks intertwined, he and you, forever in love … Congratulations!
Nevertheless, you should definitely watch Ian Weldon’s wonderful work. The British photographer shows how lively weddings really are: for example, during the last hasty preparations at home, with the worried looks and glowing cheeks, the hectic ironing, the running stitches or the saving grip on the chip bag. Later then the waiting, the (joy) tears, the exhaustion.
With his wedding photos Weldon strives for a “photographic democracy”, as he says, where no image is more important than the other: For him, the drunken dancing guests are just as central as the over-staged couple with the strained glow in their faces.
For his pictures, the Brit does not work out lists of desired attitudes, he does not put brides and grooms on pedestals or under trees. He prefers to capture scenes that make the wedding unique rather than re-enacting the same clichés that end up in front of the much more exciting reality. Weldon says
At a wedding, things happen that make your wedding your wedding, make it unique, and when I’m busy staging people for a photo, I’ll miss those things. Your feet will hurt from standing and your smiles faces and you will have missed those things as well. It will be as if these things never happened and all you can look back on are groups of people, annoyed people with forced smiles.
Weldon advocates holding a wedding as it is and not as it should be. Those who prefer classic wedding photography overlook the uniqueness of the celebration. And that would be a pity.