When Jess asked me to photograph her wedding, I was thrilled to bits … because when the raw material is this beautiful, it is hard not to get excited. I asked Jess to tell me a little bit about Andrew. Like most guys, he apparently doesn’t like getting his photo taken, but he knows that a few engagement portraits go with the territory of “about to get married”. Jess also told me that she and Andrew have been an item for 11 years, since they were 15 years old. They tried to separate to go to different universities, but that didn’t work, as Jess laughingly noted that they couldn’t stand to be apart. The years of commitment show in their easy and lighthearted way of being together. Young love, old love … it’s both in Jess and Andrew. And they already have a family … Sadie really didn’t want to sit still in the dog friendly Dartmouth Commons – too many four-legged friends roaming about to bother with picture taking. But she sat still long enough to make sure the world knows she’s part of the circle of love in this relationship. Congratulations Jess and Andrew. It’s going to be a beautiful day.
And what does Equiluminance mean anyway?
Equiluminance is a play on words, one of my favourite pastimes. I've always loved the power of language (undergraduate degree in English and French literature doesn't hurt). One word can evoke a thousand images, as well as an image can speak a thousand words. Every picture does tell a story, but Equiluminance is really one word for my story. As much as I love photography, I also love horses and photograph them all the time.
Equiluminance describes the effect of two colors in an image that are so perfectly balanced in tone and brightness that they can create an optical illusion. Psychedelic patterns are equiluminant. But it also describes for me that perfect balance of light and subject required for memorable photos. And "Equi" is also about the perfect animal - the horse - one of my favourite artistic subjects. I decided the word is the perfect representation of my two great passions.
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