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07-16-2006, 11:49 AM
these shots are from a late 1800s quaker wedding reenactiment. they were shot with a cobbled together view camera with a 6x7 graflex back. lens was a wallensak 127 raptor.

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07-16-2006, 11:50 AM
more from the wedding

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07-16-2006, 11:50 AM
one more but i cant get it on sorry

07-17-2006, 01:48 AM
What a beautiful series! I especially like "groom and minister". The photos are clean and simple, just as they should be for such an event.

07-17-2006, 10:02 AM
Super - the look totally complements the event. Good job with a "cobbled-together" camera!

07-17-2006, 10:28 AM
great match of mood and tone. nicely done!

07-17-2006, 11:31 AM
Thank you all. It was one of those things you just stumble over.

Something interesting did come out of it though. I posted this on a heavily weighted toward digital forum as well as here. The two comments I got on the portrait of the girl were mostly about getting rid of the background. The old wooden beam seemed to really bother a couple of them most didn't have anything at all to say. I got several photoshop suggestions. I don't use photoshop but I can do the same things with any competent editor. I am NOT going to take the door frame from behind the bride.

I don't think anyone on that forum would understand shoot it as it lays. Where she stood was the only place I could shoot it without marching the young woman, who was good enough to let me shoot her pictures ,all over the room. She didn't know me from adam's house cat, and in a the retro style I LIKE the beam behind her.

I misstated the camera it isnt a view type but a press type that I cobbled together.

I didn't say any of this on the other forum because I would sound like whining to them lol...

07-17-2006, 10:04 PM
The backgrounds give these photos an honesty that complements the simple and straight-forward ceremony that is their subject. Anything else is not true to the desires of the couple nor the desires of the photographer. People who don't get that are not going to be interested in much of what goes on in these web forums.

07-17-2006, 10:07 PM
I agree but then they aren't made with a mickey mouse camera either, though I would like to have one of the watches.

07-19-2006, 11:50 PM
I don't think anyone on that forum would understand shoot it as it lays.

Maybe they have never been in a room with a post in the middle of it. Those of us who live in the real world, not the highly charged stratosphere of the ultra well to do, realize that life revolves around the surroundings we are given not the manufactured ones that can be bought or rented.

These "simple" images represent the talent of the photographer as photographer. Not the photographer as digital editor. I much prefer the work of the former over the latter.

Thank you for sharing the event. The images are wonderful and perfectly match the feeling and tone of the wedding.

08-18-2006, 03:29 PM
Interesting...I've never seen 1800's Quakers, but my Pennsylvania high school has an 1812 Quaker meeting house. The attire looks like current day 'Pennsylvania Dutch' or Mennonite.

FYI, at least for the East coast Quakers, there is no minister per say. THere may be some sort of 'authority' who seems to know when a meeting-for-worship has concluded, but not a clergy-person.

The couple marry themselves, and guests sign a large guest roster document as witnesses.

When I moved to the Midwest, I found the Quakers not only fewer and further between, but much more structured, with a leader who sure sounder pastoral to me. Hymns seemed oddly out of place to me having experienced nearly silent meetings.

One of my first rools of film ever was shot in the relocated 1812 Philadelphia meeting house. The film stripped in the borrowed camera, so I returned it to the classmate it belonged to & he developed it. His brother flushed the toilet while the film was washing and the emulsion reticulated. I liked the pattern but the photography teacher sneered at it as merely an error. I thought he was one too.