I just read a really interesting blog post by Jonathon Kohn, a photographer, who announced today that from now on he is only going to shoot weddings on Black and White film with his Leica.
I really enjoy color photography so I don't think I would ever do anything like this, but his post is so worth reading because of the why behind his decision. I agree whole-eheartedly with everything he wrote.
Basically his decision for making this switch is based on our current society's obsession with wedding planning. Weddings these days are so much about details and "getting featured" and planning this perfect party, so often at the neglect of the real reason for the wedding in the first place. All that stuff can be fun and can set a great "feel" for the day, but that isn't why we have weddings.
Weddings are truly the most beautiful of human ceremonies. They are about love and life and commitment. I believe they are the closest thing to divine love and celebration on earth. Jonathon's decision to shoot black and white film is him trying to get at the core of what a wedding is. It is him trying to see through the fluff and get better at seeing the real moments, the emotion, the laughter, and the love.
I applaud his decision. And I am inspired more than ever to seek the true beauty of what a wedding celebration is.