Photo #17: Jungle Gym Painting and Wedding Bells

I am shifting gears from portraits to candids. Today's post combines two unlikely main characters – paint and a bride. I know, its hard to believe, but it is true.

I spent the afternoon photographing the painting projects in the courtyard when I looked up and saw a bride descending from the apartment complex. It was a Thursday afternoon, and I remembering that it was kind of weird to see a wedding happening on a Thursday. In America, we are so accustomed to having weddings on Fridays, Saturdays and even Sundays; however, the Thursday thing really threw me for a loop.

As I walked closer to Marvin, I saw that this might turn out to be an interesting background with Marvin as the subject.

Canon 5D/2, 85mm, 1/160 @F4.5, ISO 100

Marvin was from Seattle and was a workhorse in the painting department. He always exuded a great attitude towards the painting we had to do.

You can see that Marvin knows that I am photographing not only him, but also the bride as a smile percolates on his face. As he applies the paint to the jungle gym, the light is bouncing off the newly applied paint giving life to a once tired, old jungle gym. As the bride stepped into the frame, I clicked off a few pictures, hoping I had achieved the look I desired.

Even the family members over Marvin's shoulder provide some dramatic background moments. The blur effect added a sense of whimsy to the picture. If I hadn't shot the image, I might have thought this was a composition of two divergent topics.

You never know when an ordinary moment my turn into something extraordinary, simply because of who stepped into your background.

Tomorrow, we will explore the simplicity of the imagination.

[This post is part of my Top 25 Summer Trip Pics series.]

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