This is Jen, Ione and Olivia, three sisters outside a
wedding venue called The Asylum. It’s crumbling
and beautiful, the kind of venue that would be just as
home to a fashion shoot as a wedding. The scene has a
fashion feel anyway—three striking sisters, glammed up
and smoking. The flash adds the look of raw immediacy
and dynamism to a scene that already had that.
Out of these images here, this one—shot at a high-end wedding in the heart of London—is probably my
biggest nod to Larry Fink. It’s awkward and angular. The
shadows are very pronounced and there is a mess of
things happening, including the un-readability of the
bridesmaid in the center with the bride leaning down
toward her. So many wedding images make you smile
and go, “Oh, that’s beautiful. Look at the sunset as they
kiss.” I like how strange and intriguing this is.
This was shot on the dance
floor at my last wedding of
2016. I just love the faces
and the mood—it’s almost
confrontational. By using
a strong, direct flash, I’ve
eliminated anything else in
the shot, giving it an abstract
quality. You can’t tell they’re
in a wedding marquee. You
can’t really tell where they
are. Their faces just float out
of the dark.
ARTISTIC BRILLIANCE: NICK TUCKER
A Canon Speedlite 580EX flash,
set manually, with a Canon 5D
Mark III at ISO 800, f/8 and
1/200th of a second.