In Poland, there’s a custom I haven’t encountered in Australia. Wedding photo shoots often take place after the wedding, in places of special beauty or significance. I’ve seen couples trailed by a camera man on a grand staircase in parkland near ul Rozbrat: at the Chinese garden in Łazienki as dusk falls; touching the hand of a statue in Łódź; lifting their train above the gravel paths at midday, also in Łazienki; sitting under the dome in the university rooftop garden. More often than not they look quite grumpy, as if they’ve had long enough to reconsider the foolishnesses that led them to marry.
This week I saw bride and groom in the most incongruous setting. Near our apartment, there’s a kiosk, a clothing stall, a toi-toi, a fruit and vegie stall, coin operated ticket machines for parking and transport, and a soft drink machine. The groom is feeding money into the soft drink machine. The bride stands in a disgruntled swirl of skirt on a dirty bit of pavement, marked with chewing gum, cigarette butts and a scattering of broken glass.
Paula’s Black and White Sunday has given me a perfect place to post these two photos: on her blog you can see pairings of great variety and artistry as photographers transform colour into black and white.