2007, Flasks For The Groosmen
While pretty obvious on the surface (someone is filling flasks for a group of people), this is an image that benefits from a bit of context. On its own, it’s an image about drinking. When told that is it an image from someone’s wedding day, we can start to imagine all sorts of stories that might stem from this point in time. We might remember our own weddings, or the drunken fool that the best man became, or even a wedding that ended with kissing a cute bridesmaid that you ended up traveling to France with. Now, I don’t subscribe to the idea that every picture has to stand alone as a complete explanation of that moment in time. But it is good to keep in mind that understanding context can significantly change the viewers understanding of an image. Sometimes that matters, sometimes it does not.
As for this image in particular. It isn’t anything spectacular and it isn’t anything terrible. It won’t hang on anyone’s wall, but it could have a spot in a cherished photo album. I do wish I had rotated a bit to my right to eliminate some of the dead space on the right hand side. But maybe I could have just cropped it a bit tighter. That would also eliminate the annoying bit of white in the lower right corner. Somehow, I also get the feeling that I didn’t sharpen this image enough. Or maybe that’s just the booze making things blurry…
Canon 5D, 800 ISO (?), lens unknown probably some sort of 28-70/2.8