Winter Solstice: Day 1 of the Wedding Film Project

This very cute and adorable couple asked a perfect stranger to be witness their early Spring 2012 elopement on the Gapstow Bridge in Central Park.

Years ago, my Mom gave us her old Minolta SRT 102 camera with a Rokkor 45 f2.8 lens.  I used it for a bit — you can actually see some great color photos in the archives.  Then I picked up a medium format, TLR Minolta Autocord. I adore that camera, especially being able to look down and take a photo.  But under one dozen frames is not enough, and I learned that I just like 35mm more.  So I pulled out the old Minolta. Sadly, dust had collected, and I couldn’t remove the protective, clear filter.  Liam could probably eradicate the dust in photoshop, but that’d be an impure homage to film!

Also, these are scans of the photos themselves, so they are rather tilted.  I had yet to discover The Darkroom online.

Here is proof that I marry couples in big and small ceremonies! This pair married at Long Island’s lovely Swan Club towards the end of April 2012. I snapped this photo as far away from the professional photographers as I could. In retrospect, I wish I had a yellow or green filter to compel the image to adhere to my mental memory: these types of filters lighten trees/leaves and therefore make images more closely resemble what our eyes perceive.
I love, love these guys, who traveled from Texas, where they own one of two vegan restaurants in their hometown. (Yes, I am partial because I am a long-time, true vegetarian.) I married them in true guerrilla style by a side altar in St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

I am not a photographer at all, let alone a wedding photography. I am solely an officiant. But I do know my trusty old Minolta SRT 100 adorned with a Rokkor 50 f/1.4, which is an analog SLR 35mm camera with a stunning prime lens that has lived a longer life than myself. These old cameras are sturdier than digital, and I personally love the look of grainy, textured black and white film. Back in May 2012, I decided that for each day of the upcoming winter, I’d publish a photo or two from my past ceremonies (people, places, and/or things)—the good and bad, as a reminder that mistakes happen. These images are low-resolution scans of negatives. I generally used Ilford, mostly HP5, because I preferred its look and longevity. I never used a flash, but I love filters.

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