Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Beautiful Day – A Love Story

I had photographed many weddings since the Eighties, no other wedding had touched me so deeply except this very special one which I had the opportunity to participate. Each time I revisit the photographs I learned to see the beauty of life and I am more determined to live each moment to its fullest. The big picture becomes clearer and the nasty little distractions dissolve into obscurity. This beauty motivates me to retell the story in this Photographic Non-Fiction Book bestrewed with comment from the bride and her friends. 

More than 400 over pages photographs described that special day. A woman's living wish to be married in Church was fulfilled by her friends after she suffered a relapse of her incurable sickness. A beautiful and touching day that one would always remember. 

Sept 26th 2016
About a week ago, a friend bought a copy of this book and she said that she cried when looking through the book. The only thing is that the photos did not come out well in the printing, black is not black enough. I knew about the difficulties in black and white printing, it is just not economical enough to print them in the highest quality and eventually the solution is to have them printed in color and look like Monochrome. My consideration was to have the images and the words tell the story, even when the quality of the images suffer, as I prefer to have the book than have no book while waiting for the perfecting. Perhaps for me the perfection is in getting the story out at the cost that we all could afford. 

Here I had made a slight improvement by designing them in Hardcover and better quality paper. Hope I can get more copies sold. BUY HERE Hardcover! via @Luludotcom 

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This is a story of love and the uncertainty of life. It elaborates the story of an extraordinary wedding between AY and ETSL. A single Image speaks a thousand words and the hundreds of photographs, with the sheer numbers, the question, can we really see and feel beyond those hundreds of thousands of words? Can we feel the emotions that were expressed or hidden in each individual who attended this wedding?
Why this event is so extraordinary. Could one as an observer, a stranger, and the photographer, in this situation, through my eyes or photographs, decipher the story. Looking through each photograph, could one discern certain tension and complex emotion that happened in this wedding. Are we able to read the signs and decipher the untold story behind this wedding?
What is the role of photographs? As a preamble to a story or they are the story? We may have the story, but without the photographs, the imagery is not as vivid. Would photographs readily allow us to recall those deep feelings we have? Sisters, brothers, relatives, friends, parents and priest consoled ETSL with mixed feelings. Many hugs, touches and facial expressions, speak of a certain complex feeling, that of joy and sadness simultaneously embodied in a single moment. Each photograph expresses the range of human emotion in its condensed brevity. Reading through the photographs, perhaps we would find some answers to our own questions.
ETSL has since passed on and will be remembered by all her love ones, friends and family members. We wish all her love ones well.

I was called back to document the funeral and may put together another book as a closure to the story.

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