Cellphones and ceremony: a wedding

The Eastern Cape LGBTI Organisation marched down Oxford Street on 10 August. It was a small, but vibrant group of people, carrying placards, singing protests songs.  As usual, I took pictures. But I really struggled this time. There were almost as many people ahead of the main banner, walking quickly backwards with their arms outstreached, taking photographs, as there were behind the banner doing the marching. I got really annoyed. It was difficult to get a shot of the marchers because the cellphone shooters were in the way.  “Are you here to march, or to take pictures of the march?” I caught myself muttering before I got the irony… I am ALWAYS taking pictures.

Thabs and I attended a wedding on Saturday. I quickly realised that I was going to have the same problem. This time I decided to go with the flow and photograph the photographers.  Here they are. The narrative is in the captions.

Urgent calls to make while we wait (an hour and a half) for the bride.

Urgent calls to make while we wait (an hour and a half) for the bride.

The bridesmaids arrive. Notice that the cellphone is colour-coordinated.

The bridesmaids arrive. Notice that the cellphone is colour-coordinated.

A new salute... as the bride enters the church all arms are extended in an attempt to get a post-able picture.

A new salute… as the bride enters the church all arms are extended in an attempt to get a post-able picture.

My first glimpse of the bride is via someone else's iPad.

My first glimpse of the bride is via someone else’s iPad.

Shoot and post... shoot and post...

Shoot and post… shoot and post…

Filming is now called "videorising" and everyone does it (I am guilty too - had to get a clip of Thabs ululuting - watch this space!)

Filming is now called “videorising” and everyone does it (I am guilty too – had to get a clip of Thabs ululuting – watch this space!)

Last one...

Last one…

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1 Response to Cellphones and ceremony: a wedding

  1. thabs says:

    Now that I look at the pictures I must say it is scary how cellphones have taken over at the same time find it fascinating! Good work G

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