Holding Hands series from "Just Married" at Chicago Marriage Court

January 20, 2015  •  1 Comment

If you have been visiting my blog you've seen some of these couples already. In this series I asked each couple to stand and hold hands, suggested they communicate non-verbally and asked them questions while I photographed them. The couples looked the most natural in the first or second exposure. After comparing the early shots to those following in almost every instance the early shots were better. By "better" I mean that the photographs revealed something about who they are in a very direct, simple and unintentional way. As time passed the couples had more time to be aware of being photographed and to consider how to present themselves. We are all faced to some extent with the same issues when a camera is pointed at us. When we look into the camera it can quickly change what we choose to reveal or withhold about ourselves. 

This project was meant to be seen in its entirety and to present the fascinating elements, expressions, aesthetics and ways of being that couples share. The body language, attire, and little details, all come together to show us something ineffable about attraction and love.

Share your impressions, I'd love to know what you think.

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Comments

Michael Horvich(non-registered)
What stand out for me is the LOVE you can feel surrounding each couple. Marc, you say that the earlier ones seem better to you than the later ones in which the couple had time to begin to "pose." It would be interesting to see them side by side to see if others sense what you did.
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