"Just Married" at Chicago Marriage Court, "Turned Around"

February 28, 2015  •  5 Comments

This installment emphasizes the body language and aesthetics of the couples with minimal if any focus on the face. I asked the couples to hold hands and turn towards the wall.


We rarely see photographs of people turned around because we are habituated to look at the face and eyes to connect and communicate with others when we meet. I believe that when the face is not the focus, we are freer to simply look at the aesthetics of the couple and how they fit together noticing other details that might be passed by when they are facing us. It is not meant to be unflattering or irreverent, it's simply a rare view and another way of experiencing the couples, like sculptures.


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Gary Ashman(non-registered)
Amazing that one can view photos for an entire life and yet be surprised and intrigued by an absolutely unique perspective. Thanks, Marc.
Barbara Harrison(non-registered)
I found this view of the couples fascinating - the positioning of their bodies, the closeness or distance between them. It definitely presents a new way of visually interacting with them. I enjoyed being able to get a better look at their apparel and shoes and imagine more about who they are and why they chose what they did for that particular moment. Also, why did they agree to participate in this "experiment?"

Thanks Marc.
rahul roy(non-registered)
What a wonderful, refreshing look - in both views, you've beautifully turned what tend to be posed snapshots of a very public moment into small, tender touches of intimacy. Love the way we see the same people differently from one view to the other. And very interesting that one can see the care in which most people have chosen their clothes so much more clearly in "turnaround." Terrific collection, all around.
Michael Horvich(non-registered)
Interesting. In many of the "Turned Around" photographs you can still see the love. In many of them it could be anything other than their wedding date, another kind of day!
I like both views of this project. In a way, emblematic of the marriage itself (front view married to back view). Thanks for posting. A fun project with many great images.
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