Photographer's Note

The third and final in a small series from the Williamstown Pier. We've seen the fish and chip eaters and the bride being photographed in the background at the end of the pier. Here is the decisive moment before the eager photographer, as the groom grasps the wrists of his bride and leans forward, straining not to fall into the sea, to kiss her. An 'older' couple, perhaps marrying for the second time?

In Australia these days, the choreographed 'photo and video shoot' goes on for hours after the wedding ceremony, as the photographer strives against the elements to provide the doting couple with a vast set of enormous, idealistic pictures; photos which they can, if they have more hubris than taste, hang around the walls of their living room like a mural.

Meanwhile, the guests have to while away the hours, waiting for the reception to start. When the wedding takes place in a small, isolated country town the long wait can be enormously tedious, usually leading to intoxication well before the reception begins.

The median duration of a marriage until separation occurs is 8.9 years in Australia, not long enough for those large and happy photos to begin fading, but quite long enough to acquire a patina of nostalgia.

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