I worked with Susan for a good number of years, members of a broader and downright brilliant team that taught undergraduate and post-graduate students, a great many of who in turn went on to do fantastic things in the realms of visual effects in film, in computer games, in animation for television and in myriad other areas. I’d always found deep fascination in her personal work as a fine artist and had enormous respect for her work with our students. I count her as a good friend and she proved a trusted ally in a world within a world that might have become… a wee bit mad. She’s like a force of nature that went to finishing school (and attended most of the… most important lessons :~) and when it came to matters social, it was always guaranteed to be a blast when you got to spend time with Susan.
Alex came along, as the figure of speech goes, and was received warmly – to say the least – by all that surrounded Susan; a man of great wit, intelligence and fierce social conscience. I’ve liked Alex very much, from the off. When I met with them at a gathering at New Year’s Eve just gone, they told me of their plans to get married and how much they hoped that I could photograph the occasion, and that made me very happy, both their news and the prospect of my involvement in that day.
The notion of what a wedding day is, what one is ‘meant’ to be like, has a propensity for enclosing a couple’s sense of identity and self-expression in a corset; one size fits all and in to it you jolly well squeeze. I’m lucky to consistently encounter clients that are quite wilful in popping buttons or cutting strings (however you want to visualise the metaphor) when it comes to confronting the constraints of that corset. Susan & Alex practically threw it into a hedge. “We’re getting married then going down the pub!” The makings of a completely unfettered wedding day there, then :~) And that’s just what their wedding day was, unfettered, unrestricted fun with stuff added in because it was just right. This is the story of Susan & Alex’s wedding day… View full post »