Anushe Low has won the 2011 Unveiled competition with a set of images from a chic London wedding. Image © Anushe Low.
"I want to capture the essence of every wedding I photograph, whether it's full of details or very simple" says London-based photographer Anushe Low. "This couple live in New York and had actually already formally married in the US, but they flew back to the UK for their wedding ceremony and celebration. It was a very chic wedding, and the bride's style is very pared down and minimalist. I had to figure out how to bring out the glamorous side of London. They wanted to feature the city in their images, so we took some more classic shots outside St Pauls as well as at this sculpture, by architect Thomas Heatherwick."
Low's shots of the wedding impressed Julia Ford and Catherine Westwood, art director and editor of Wedding magazine respectively, and they picked her out to win this year's Unveiled - Britain's best wedding photographer prize, which BJP runs with the support of Hasselblad UK. Low fought off stiff competition from 300 other entries to claim the title and her work will now be published in Wedding. She also wins free hire of her dream kit from the Pro Centre for a week, including a Hasselblad camera, lights and accessories.
"Overall this year the entries were of a great standard and it was good to see so many beautifully-styled wedding photographs," said Ford. "We still love the vintage style of so many weddings we saw, but Anushe's wedding stood at because of its urban feel. The use of architecture in the set of images she entered, clean lines and confident poses made it stand out as a strong winning image. The photographs were well executed, contemporary and perfectly styled for the modern bride "
Low started shooting weddings two years ago but set up her own business last year. She grew up in Zambia, where film was expensive and difficult to get hold of, and was given her first camera when she was nine, which she says gave her early practice in getting the shot first time. She went on to qualify as an architect, and says her design background has influenced her image-making because architecture, like photography, is all about light, form and composition.
"I truly believe that less is more and I like photography that is simple and clean," she says. "I also avoid flash photography, as I want to remember the way the light was that day or at that moment. I’m in love with photographing weddings - it’s an incredible privilege to document a couple’s wedding day and to have a ‘job’ where I’m surrounded by so much love, joy, laughter and fun!"
To see more images from Sara and Kevin's wedding, visit Anushe Low's website.
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