Friday Photo: Future Nostalgia

Friday Photo: Future Nostalgia

One of the beautiful things about photographing major events in peoples lives is you know the photos are going to last.  Providing you print them out of course, people.  Who knows what will happen to your hard-drive or your Facebook album, or even Facebook, down the line.  Print your favourite photos.  Make them real objects you can hold or hang on your wall.  It’s important.  I took this at a wedding last month and before I sent it to the bride and groom as an email or in an online galley link I sent it as an 18×12 print.  Because you want the photos you take now to be around for years to come, hopefully generations.  You want them to be discovered in old albums, or shoeboxes, or in an ageing frame these kids’  kids find in the attic one day, covered in dust bunnies from the lagging made from dubious materials that they’re now handling carefully while wearing a face-mask like the ones a Japanese tourist on the underground wears to protect herself from the common cold or a serin nerve gas attack.  (That took a detour.)  But back to my point, knowing that will happen one day informs the way you take a picture in the present.  It’s what I call shooting for a future nostalgia.  Because a photo is always an historical document.  Even if it’s on your phone.  The moment’s still gone, it’s happened, it’s over.  But a moment like this–young and drowsy and hanging out at a wedding near midnight–a memory will form around that day.  It will come to take on a romantic fading texture in the back shadows of their brains, and then a photo like this will l become the shape of that memory and the portal back to the night, and that’s a very special thing to be able to capture and create.

cobham wedding photography

Technical details for the photography wonks:

Camera: Canon 5D MKIII

Lens: Canon 24-70mm 2.8 at 24mm

Aperture: f11

Shutter speed: 1/200

ISO: 800

Flash: Fired in manual mode

1 Comment

  1. Jo Brown

    Your future nostalgia is priceless and it exists in the real world time and time again, nothing comes this close x


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