Blurring the line between commerce and art is an age old dilemma, and speaks to the very core concept of what art actually is. I’m definitely not one of the people that believes that art is happening with every breath you take, and it certainly isn’t happening during every one of my shoots. Yes, it’s possible to live your life artistically, and be very creative, but to say that everything, every sound, every movement is art seems like a cop out. Art for me is when I make the decision to create something.
Weddings are an interesting animal. Yes, some of the day is spent simply documenting what is happening, and getting solid shots, but much of the day is spent shooting very artistically. This isn’t your parents wedding anymore. My clients want me to push the envelope, and create extraordinary photographs that would be at home in a gallery, but with them, or their guests, or their dogs as the subject matter. This is one of the principal reasons I photograph weddings. I can think of no other type of commercial photography where I have the luxury to work like this. Essentially, do what you want – carte blanche.
I had two weddings this weekend, and during Sunday’s event I had the opportunity to work within the space of Project1, and create images that one wouldn’t usually associate with a wedding. Of course, having 212 Mexican wrestling masks at my disposal made it pretty easy.