Sangeetha and ShivaA Wedding in Monochrome
This was a planned Monochrome Wedding for the most part. I don’t think Geeth and Shiva even bothered to hunt around for photographers. I got a call the moment they fixed a date. The wedding was supposed to be in India and all I had to tell them was whether I could fly down from the US to India around that time. I told them I would make time and travel but as it turned out, the wedding moved to Boston and I had to just catch a local flight from Austin.
As we spoke about the way we wanted to shoot the wedding I asked them if I could primarily shoot the wedding in black and white, a Monochrome Wedding. There would be color pictures too but most of the documentary shots would be black and white. I had made this proposal to couples before, only to be met with a decisive ‘no’. But Shiva is a photographer himself and understands the aesthetics of monochrome and both of them agreed.
I had two reasons to shoot monochrome. One, I love shooting with the Leica Monochrom-although I have the M9 Monochrom, I was in possession of the latest M10 Monochrom from a friend who had loaned it to me for a while. Two, I wanted to print a few Kallitypes and a Platinum Palladium print for the couple.
The wedding film was another story. I was unable to get a cinematographer for those dates and given the budget details we agreed that we would use the footage shot by friends on phone and Rolling Tusker Films would do the edit.
Here is the final film and the pictures. (Here is another Black and White Wedding we shot in Houston, Texas).