Why This Photo Matters
I’ve always loved photographs where several things are happening at the same time. This adds a sense of motion to an image that is difficult to convey otherwise.
Here’s a photo of wedding preparations happening at the Shangri-La hotel in The Shard in London. The bride is having make-up applied near the window; meanwhile the younger bridesmaids (although you can only see one of them) are showing their dresses to the other women in the room. Without either one of these things happening, we would see an ordinary static photo, but with both, we get a sense of action and the looming deadline of the ceremony.
To complete the set, the hairdresser, who has just finished her work, is reviewing photos of the girls’ hair on her phone in the background.
This kind of technique is just one of the tools that I use in my documentary shooting style. It definitely relies on a slice of luck, but I’m always working hard to be in the right place at the right time for this kind of shot.
- Aperture: ƒ/2.8
- Focal length: 16mm
- ISO: 1600
- Shutter speed: 1/320s