Reply Fri 23 Mar, 2007 07:20 pm
Wedding photography is usally so dull but I came across this site today: www.trashthedress.com

I thought it was interesting and I'm wondering what you think about it.

Happy looking!
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sozobe
 
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Reply Fri 23 Mar, 2007 07:24 pm
I'm not sure what I think.

On the one hand, I think it'd make cooler-than-usual wedding photos, for actual people.

As general photography, though, it's rather cliched. It's a staple of fashion photography. (Model in haute couture gown in front of graffitti; on the beach; tumbling into a swimming pool -- "But that frock cost more than my house! Nooooo....!")

So if it's about individual people wanting cool photos, do they WANT to trash the dress? I LIKE my dress, sozlet wants to wear it, I think it's a cool thing too keep (un-trashed).
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boomerang
 
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Reply Fri 23 Mar, 2007 07:32 pm
Speaking as someone who didn't do the big wedding or the "dress" I think some of this is really cool though I agree some of it is really cliche.

There were a few images that I thought were really wonderful and intimate -- something a lot of wedding photos lack in their strange staginess.

Some of the photos have a weird, awful, "dead girl" kind of feel though -- like the photographer spent too much time thinking about it and ruined it as a result.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 23 Mar, 2007 08:09 pm
My immediate reaction is annoyance.
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boomerang
 
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Reply Fri 23 Mar, 2007 08:13 pm
May I ask why?
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boomerang
 
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Reply Fri 23 Mar, 2007 08:17 pm
Nobody thinks this is a beautiful wedding photo but me:

http://img244.imageshack.us/img244/1639/sept1001tf2.jpg

or this....

http://www.digitalweddingforum.com/DWFupload//1405154-240706v1691.jpg

or this....

http://trashthedress.files.wordpress.com/2006/11/110.jpg
DrewDad
 
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Reply Fri 23 Mar, 2007 08:21 pm
I liked the guy from Texas.

Agree that lots of the stuff is cliched, though.
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dadpad
 
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Reply Fri 23 Mar, 2007 08:30 pm
boomerang wrote:
Nobody thinks this is a beautiful wedding photo but me:

http://img244.imageshack.us/img244/1639/sept1001tf2.jpg



Its got just the right balance of romance (the kiss) sensuality (on the neck) spontenaity (in the water) and potent sexuality (the phallic symbol in the background). It is very important that the phallic symbol is slightly blurred and in the background.
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stuh505
 
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Reply Fri 23 Mar, 2007 08:42 pm
boomer, I think they are (all three) excellent wedding photographs!
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 23 Mar, 2007 08:57 pm
Were those on that site? They're fine. The six or seven photos I saw annoyed me...

various bothers - at least at first -


Is this right down the street from the wedding parlor/church or is it sought out to make a witty play with the dress? This is just before or after the vows for life? This is a separate from the ceremony day let's play with the dress in space package?
She didn't want to have a formal wedding but her mother insisted?
I could buy the contrast, oh, say, our groom is a street photographer...
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/176/430399688_9ad385dccf_o.jpg


This is rather nice.
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/174/430399693_541d3ddca5_o.jpg


What have I done with my life? Horatius at the Bridge...
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/168/430399690_364a478cc6_o.jpg


Eh?
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/145/430399691_139b7a3547_o.jpg


The next four I won't show, they stretch the screen, but are good luck on your marriage material, why did you decide to sign up?

and the fourth is a more interesting photo, albeit seeming overacted.

I stopped there.

Didn't see anything intimate up to where I stopped.

So what is going on, there's a culture of resentment to the wedding dress? Do like some of the rest of us and don't go there.
Is this all an art project as opposed to individual weddings? A culture of trash-o-weddings?

If they're art projects, with a slammo of typical ceremony point of view, I get that, but don't think the photos are very good.

Given they're a group of folk who are grunging their real wedding day for the photo thrill, the photos still seem, given the idea, rather lame. (I've a friend who did many many darkzone street photos that became album covers. It's not that I don't understand that.)

Dunno.
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littlek
 
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Reply Fri 23 Mar, 2007 09:03 pm
I liked it, but it comes across as advertisement - ads for wedding dresses. Excpet for the ones with both the bride and groom in them. I love the first one (at the linked site) of the bride swimming.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 23 Mar, 2007 09:15 pm
I didn't get that far, I liked that one too.
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boomerang
 
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Reply Fri 23 Mar, 2007 09:27 pm
First let me say -- I don't have a dog in the wedding photos fight. The only wedding I've done in the last 10 years was my niece's and that was only because she's a little "different" to start with.

I have a photo of her from that day that I love - she's sitting in an oak tree on the shore of Lake Travis in her beautiful wedding dress and her biker boots, tattoos ablaze.

Now let me say that the reason I don't ever do weddings is because brides can be total bitches.

The spend a fortune on a dress, and flowers, and food, and place, and everything but they almost always want a "friend" to do the photos for cheap. Then they bitch about not having the kind of photos they want.

Wedding photographers get sued so often it isn't even funny.

It is not worth the hassle.

To me, "trash the dress" is a statement about considering the importance of the photographs of your wedding -- get something special; get what you want to show who you are.

Dresses can be cleaned. But you might not ever get this....

http://timco.smugmug.com/photos/81199395-M.jpg
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Fri 23 Mar, 2007 09:52 pm
Kinda magazine-y looking stuff.

But what are you going to do?

bride/dress/groom - it either looks like everyone's album or it looks like it came out of an advertorial

My desk buddy is getting married in 99 days (yes we're having a daily countdown) - and I've been looking at a lot of magazines/catalogues/photogs books with her over the past few months. It's hard to find something fresh.
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Chai
 
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Reply Fri 23 Mar, 2007 10:06 pm
Guess I don't get what kind of trashing is going on.

In all but the water photos it doesn't look like the wedding gown is going through much more than what would happen if a glass of champagne or wedding cake got on it.

I mean, really, just because someone's sitting on cement or a forest floor doesn't mean there wasn't some plastic under her.

Even getting wet, I sure the dress wasn't a complete ruin.
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mac11
 
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Reply Fri 23 Mar, 2007 11:00 pm
I've never been married, but if I ever am, I'd much rather have some non-traditional, intimate photos than the awful canned, posed ones most people have - whether taken by a friend or a professional. My favorite photos from my sister's wedding were the candid shots that people sent her afterwards.
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sat 24 Mar, 2007 12:01 am
I like the ones in the water - very intimate and unconventional

http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h142/markeric/e-3.jpg
shewolfnm
 
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Reply Sat 24 Mar, 2007 07:10 am
I did nto fine ond that I thought was truly an original thought.

All of them were posed pictures. I dont like, nor do I take posed pictures.
They bother me.

On that note, some of them were really pretty.

On the very first page, where the woman is on her back in some crevace...

i think that is a beautiful picture.

But I find pictures like these to be all about what the camera can do, and nothing about what the photographer can do.

And I sooooo agree with Boomer..
I will never touch a wedding for anything in the world. But I didnt know that photographers can be sued for them?!
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boomerang
 
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Reply Sat 24 Mar, 2007 08:02 am
Google "wedding photography lawsuit". I got 991,000 hits.

When your photographing an event your really have to have some staged photos, I think. There is a trend for a more journalistic style in weddings but I imagine most people still want those key moments captured in a formal portrait.

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But I find pictures like these to be all about what the camera can do, and nothing about what the photographer can do.


Hmmmm. I'm not much of a gear girl but really, a camera can't do anything on it's own. I sometimes put it on automatic and go but when I'm really trying to shoot for a certain effect I want to control everything.
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Sat 24 Mar, 2007 01:29 pm
I'm with Osso.

Every Bride is Beautiful--including the brides who want to be completely individual.

To my mind a wedding is an exchange of vows, not A Happening (in the '60's sense).

Of course in wedding albums, many brides while dressed as princesses don't necessarily come across as princesses and the anti-princess look is much less demanding of the model.
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