I like taking pictures of people, but rarely post them. Today will I make an exception, because Jessica and Matthew are celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary, of which I had the honor and pleasure to take the pictures. Their first decade…
Taking portraits is difficult. Heinrich von Kleist finishes his essay about the marionette theater with the dialogue:
“So we have to eat from the tree of knowledge a second time in order to achieve the state of innocence again?” – “Yes, indeed, and this will be the final chapter of the history of the world.”
People are nor landscapes. You can treat them like that when they are unobserved to snitch the occasional good photo. Most people freeze when they become aware that somebody is taking a picture.
Matthew’s parents are a rare exception, the personified confidence in themselves and the world.
Then, of course, people also don’t hold still, as do most landscapes. So one has to be vigilant and be quick.