Photographs by Kang

Food Photographer living in London producing delicious material, and other related documents.

Memories of a wedding.

I’m not a wedding photographer. I wouldn’t know what to capture, how to frame the important things and what to exclude. When I was invited to bring my camera along to Kate and Dipo’s wedding day, I had already decided beforehand, that I was going to shoot this as I would do when I came across decisively special moments on the streets. The camera is an extension of my eye, recording the memories which I chose to keep and for me, the world is life, and always in motion. Photographing a wedding was to capture life playing out in motion.

I am not a wedding photographer, for I only know how to put together photographs to tell a story. For me, a beautiful photograph wasn’t about delivering the slickest portraits with the a touch of the speedlite; instead the beauty of photographing life, was to capture the essential speed and movement of life itself and especially the people who had come together to make it happen. I wanted documents which when pieced together and viewed as a sequence, told the story of Kate and Dipo, like a paper movie, even if I was aspiring to be only an ounce as good as Robert Frank’s eye for making a paper movie.

I could never be a wedding photographer because I was constantly witnessing, constantly waiting for the truth to unveil itself in front of my camera, for the real emotions to spill out from the most momentous of occasions, for the love to manifest itself, and I didn’t know how one could freeze that with poses, because love – at least for me – is something that is patiently serendipitous. So I was patient, I waited for the smiles, for the hugs, for the laughs, for the tears, for the love to show itself in front of my lens if only for a split second, so I can steal the moment.

I am not a wedding photographer because my photographer’s eye only seeks the modest in the carnival. It is always the hunger for the truth and the reality which guides my frame of what I choose to exclude and what I choose to include. Something pure, something impassioned, something real, something born of patience and something that’s abit of an act of love.

Here are my first photographs of a wedding : Kate & Dipo.

Posted on Tuesday, December 29th, 2009. Filed under Blog, daily rants.

2 Responses to “Memories of a wedding.”

  1. Michele Says:

    December 30th, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Awesome, Kang. This has got to be the most unique approach to Wedding shots I have ever seen, and the results are brilliant! Definitely not the traditional cookie-cutter style of wedding portfolio that you usually see, but personally I love it.

    Also loving the new site. Question: How do I get an RSS feed for this one? I’m guessing you just need to put up a link?

  2. Kang Says:

    January 1st, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Michele – thank you so much for your kind words 🙂

    Ahh, I’ve just added an RSS function now, you can subscribe here : feed://feeds.feedburner.com/kangphoto

    or alternatively just click on the RSS button on the bottom left hand corner.

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