This Is How: ‘The Selfie’ by Benjamin Toms
Really fab to have Benjamin Toms on the site today, taking us behind the scenes of his Reportage Award-winning capture from our previous round, Collection Two. Great insights into shooting through moments, trusting your instincts and more…
I think it’s fair to say that the guy on the left of the image has maybe had one too many. This image was taken at a wedding at Hedsor House last September. There are a number off rooms at this venue just off the main entrance hall where the dancing takes place. These are nice to escape to now and again to for a few minutes to give your ears a rest from the music. Looking back at the contact sheet from the shoot this guy had settled in on the sofa for a fair while not long after the wedding breakfast had finished. I have a few shots of him throughout the night on his own. There was a break in the evening entertainment as everyone went outside to enjoy a fireworks display, which needless to say this guy missed.
Not long after everyone had retuned to the evenings entertainment I must have walked back into this side room the find this guy was joined by another wedding guest who had maybe had a few too many as well and was taking great delight in capturing selfies of the two of them with a disposable camera. I shot this from the other side of the room on my 85mm so as not to draw attention to myself and hopefully not disrupt the moment. I managed to fire off half a dozen shots before I was spotted. I learnt as a documentary wedding photographer to trust your instincts and to keep shooting thought the moments and as someone once said to me pray to the photo gods. For some reason I kept coming back to this room and this guy. The photos of him on his own are OK but this one for me is a far stronger image with much more context.
Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon 85mm f/1.2, F3.5, 1/125s at ISO 3200, no flash.
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