Another Azerbaijani Wedding
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November 18th, 2007 – by: mickeyd302
I was driven to the groom's home and eventually I was in a convoy of several cars going to the bride's home. The car I was in got seperated from the rest of the group as the driver was extremely conservative to Azeri driver's standards.
Eventually we left the home and made it to Heydar Aliev Park. The late Heydar Aliev was the founding father of modern Azerbaijan and practically everything is named after him or his son who is the current president. The park was interesting. It was getting dark and I wanted to kick myself for not bring my tripod to get some longer exposures .
From there, we went to the wedding party. There are many wedding halls throughout Azerbaijan as weddings are THE big party for most Azeris. In addition to shooting the bride and groom, I also shot everything else that was going on. While it is not possible to capture everything, i tried to capture as much as I could. One of the people who interested me as a photographer was the bride's grandmother. While the aesthetics of youth is interesting, the lines of elderly people's faces tell more stories. Maybe it is merely me dealing with my own feelings of a fleeting youth, but older people are interesting. The other people who interested in were some of the women in attendence (geesh, I am still single so I can admit to looking and not have anyone mad at me.). If you like dark eyed, dark hair, olive-skin women, the women of Azerbaijan are incredibly beautiful. I am still surprised that I have not broken my neck here as I do turn to look at the women here a lot and very quickly too. Then again, I had to maintain some level of professionalism while shooting wedding.
After shooting for almost 6 hours solid and taking over 500 shots, my right eye felt as though it was ready to pop out of my head. I called it a night. A professional photographer once told me that if you get one good picture from a roll of film then it was a good roll of film. Of my 500 photos, there were 30 that I would label as good and about 300 that were OK, the rest were crap in my opinion. I add some graphics to a few and called it good.
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