I am always amused by the strange coincidence that I am often called upon to officiate wedding ceremonies in certain locations a few times per season. I received lot of inquiries for ceremonies at iCi Restaurant this year; my schedule permitted me to accept three. Here is the first. This is actually the last time I used my Mom’s Minolta. After I saw these images, I wanted one of my own with a prime lens. Why? These photos are actually wonderful, and I craved even more clarity for indoor photos. This couple did not hire a photographer due to time and budget issues, and I believe the bride was particularly grateful to have a few more to add to her collection from relatives and friends.
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 M Rokkor-x 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.