When I first met Weizhen and Yuli, we went through the usual process of introducing ourselves and running through what they would expect from me on their wedding day. Simple, I thought, a rather shy and ‘normal’ couple who like my works and the day should (and may I stress the word ‘should‘) be a another typical day on the field for me. Except that it wasn’t.
When I arrived at the National Museum, Food for thought restaurant for their wedding solemnization, I was intrigued to find a wall full of beautiful photographs of their travels together. Great, a couple who loves exploring the mountains, just like me. I immediately felt that we shared something in common – it will probably be a good day for me, I thought. As I walked about whilst they were busy setting up, I found little details that resonated with me – postcards of mountains for their guests to write on, little replicas of motorbikes and vans parked neatly on their reception table, oh, and Totoro! The whimsical cat-lookalike from one of the most famous cartoons ever was everywhere – from the palatable spread of desserts to their hugely unique ring pillow, I can’t seem to escape from the gaze of Totoro following my every move.
“You guys seemed to be really great travellers, and the photographs are really good!” I told Weizhen and Yuli.
“Oh yes, we love traveling and the mountains. By the way, we have something to tell you.” Weizhen answered enthusiastically.
“Sure what is it?”
“We are actually wedding photographers. From Synchronal photography.”
“Oh. I know you guys! You should have told me before!”
And with that out of the way, it was the time for me to document a fellow photographer’s wedding. While it was strange to find out that they were photographers that I knew on social media on the day of the assignment itself, I felt strangely liberated. Perhaps its the realization that hey, I could probably try some things that I had been wanting to try for some time, I was sure they would accept it.
And photograph away I did.
– From a grateful fellow peer, Haolun, also a visual storyteller