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Everything is Energy


Fiona Conrad: Team New York

Team led by Barbara Bordnick, Stella Kramer and Jill Waterman

Project Essay:

For the theme of Energy is Everything, I want to focus on human energy in the context of weddings.

Creative Brief:

My project focuses on human energy in the context of a wedding day. Having photographed several weddings over the past few months, I have witnessed the incredible amount of energy involved in these events. After months of preparation, anticipation and excitement, a couple’s big day finally comes together in a mixture of nerves, tears, laughter, love… an avalanche of raw emotions that often leads to a feeling of liberation.

These three images were shot at different weddings and yet share common elements in form and meaning. Warm tones and light convey a happy, playful moment between newlyweds, friends and family. Fluid movements and spontaneous actions give a sense of rhythm and feeling of total release.

Through these images, I also wanted to project my own energy when I’m trying to capture what Henri Cartier-Bresson called decisive moments. Creating such images happens when we are caught up in the instant and connected with our environment. Seizing life while maintaining a balance between composition and substance requires high levels of focus, intuition and sensibility. This powerful energy that comes from within is, I believe, the essence of photography.


All images in this article © Fiona Conrad

For more about Fiona Conrad and her photography, visit her Web site: http://www.fionaconrad.com.