Here's the true fun of social media - it's simply making the world a smaller place! Meet Wes Simpson from the UK.
A few weeks ago on Twitter he posted this image. I happened to catch it and loved it. It's simply fun, unusual and especially whimsical. So, I commented. Wes liked my commented and fired back a "thanks". That lead to a post he did on Facebook and a few minutes later we had a conversation back and forth on an IM on Facebook as he was getting ready to photograph a wedding.
I'm still amazed at the process. I'm sitting in my office on a Friday morning in Sarasota, Florida and Wes is in the UK getting his gear set up for a wedding. He's over 4000 miles away; in another country and five or six hours ahead of me. We've never physically met, yet, the common denominator, our mutual love for the craft, has us talking like two old friends in a pub!
Even more fun is the image below that Wes shared with me. I asked him if he'd be interested in sharing the original image above in a guest post some time. He then sent me the original image. The image he posted was just a segment of the primary shot he captured.
The graffiti wall Wes chose for the photograph is one of Banksy's pieces of art. I didn't know who Bansky was until Wes gave me the name. A quick Google search and I had the background on this old car park in Liverpool. Wes gave me the following back-story.
The Groom is an art collector. When I arrived at the wedding breakfast I parked at a car park close to the venue and noticed the "Banksy" on the wall, I assumed it was a fake. I'm more of a documentary photographer but during the wedding breakfast (in between courses) I asked the bride and groom to step outside and follow me 'I have a great idea for a shot and I think you'll love it" and they did!
The Groom too had no idea there was a real Banksy so close by. We did the shot and they where back inside for dessert without any of the guests even noticing they'd gone. It was the last shot of the day with the groom saying "We won't top that!"
A big thanks to Wes for sharing the additional image and allowing me to share his work on the SCU blog. Feel free to join me in making the world a smaller place. You can see more of Wes Simpson's images on his website, just a click away.