Across distances sometimes great, sometimes small – sometimes geographical, sometimes chronological, sometimes both combined – I take pleasure in discovering the connections between where I have been and what I did there, then where I am now doing that which I do. As I weave my way across years of weddings experienced, this thread in the broader tapestry connects the South of Spain with North Devon; joins with a line a dot on a calendar in 2011 and another in 2015. The picture that was formed in this instance only became apparent to me when on a February day this year – on Valentine’s Day as it happens; what more romantic in connotation a day for a wedding to be set upon? – I found myself in North Devon to photograph the wedding of Nathan & Zoe.
What I learnt on the eve of that day, learnt in respect of how it was that I would ultimately find myself there, stemmed from the fact of my having travelled to Spain all that time back to photograph the wedding of Rommalee & Dan, who at the time lived just a short distance away from me in Dorset (practically next door to me in relation to the distance we all travelled for their wedding day :~). Dan’s brother, Olly, had been at that wedding, travelling down from his home in North Devon. When the photographs from Rommalee & Dan’s wedding were completed and released, Olly had shown them to his good friend, Nathan (an accomplished photographer with a string of published works under his belt), and Nathan had kept an eye on my ongoing work since.
And thus I found myself in North Devon, on Valentine’s Day, photographing a wedding populated by people as lovely as you might wish to meet and spend time amongst; a deeply personalised wedding ceremony in the village of Bratton Fleming followed by celebrations on a lofty headland overlooking Saunton Sands. This is the story of Nathan & Zoe’s wedding day… View full post »