A perfectly lit bride staring out a stained glass window, a mother smiling as she lovingly puts a necklace around her daughter’s neck or an adorable flower girl sitting sweetly next to her flower basket. These are probably the images that come to mind when you think of wedding photographs – but if you hire photographer Ian Weldon, these are not the photos you are going to get.
Repeatedly listed as ‘not a wedding photographer’ on all of his pages, this artist explains: “I’m completely unbiased in the photographs I make. A sort of photographic democracy where one photograph is no more important than any other. Where all things are equal, people the same as objects.” The subjects of his photos show the nitty-gritty, hilariously real moments that take place on these special days. “Much as I’d love to stand around for hours lining people up and taking photographs of every combination of family members and guests, I’ve more important things to be doing. And quite frankly, so have you.” Scroll down below to check out wedding photography as you’ve never seen it before and don’t forget to upvote your faves!
“I started to photograph weddings to earn money so I could work on other photography projects. When I found that weddings were fruitful ground for great photographs, and they had not really been approached like a documentary subject they became the project,” the photographer, explaining how it started.
This genius idea worked so well that it generated exposure and a beautiful wedding photography book. I Am Not A Wedding Photographer was also produced to coincide with the exhibition of the same name, on display at the Martin Parr Foundation June 26 to August 10th, 2019.
“I didn’t choose the underbelly of society and I didn’t choose social injustice. I chose Weddings, full of people and character and laughter and happiness and sadness and dancing and drinking, and Love.”