I’ve been slack about blogging lately. Lots of other stuff going on.
Yesterday, 24 July 2011, same-sex marriage became legal in New York state. I headed down with Sarah to the City Clerk’s Office in lower Manhattan, where we were legally married almost a year ago, to record the first official gay marriages in the city.
It was hot and extremely humid. Some had been waiting in line from 4:30am. The doors opened at around 8am to let hundreds of couples begin their progress from one official to the next, accumulating one piece of necessary paper after the next. At times there seemed to be more cameras than participants in this drawn-out, somewhat ad-hoc process. (Why do so many big changes in society involve standing in line?)
There was no shortage of stages on which to perform. Frivolity danced with deadly seriousness. A helluva lot of happiness spread itself around.
The images below are a first, loose edit from a place where the intensely personal became expansively (but not always easily) public and political, old rituals shifted their forms and thousands of people walked into a new phase of their lives.
One day we might look back and wonder what all the fuss was about. I’m glad I made it out of bed at 5am to be there.
*NOTE: All images are copyright Adam Welz 2011. If you would like to reproduce them anywhere or anyhow, please contact me first!
Sometimes I just take pictures of random groups of terns. There’s nearly always a colour-ringed bird in a large group of birds, and if you take a series of pictures and then pore over them carefully afterwards you’ll find it. The pictures are seldom interesting, being designed to spot rings and not for anything else.
Last year in January I photographed a group of Sandwich and Great Crested Tern at Boulders Beach. I actually found a colour-ringed tern in picture afterwards, with a numbered ring that was part obscured so I could not see the number (!) but I also had some fun cropping out bits of the pictures and saturating the colours. This little slice of a picture is something that could have inspired Charley Harper to do something fun, I think.