The Indecisive Moment - blurb edition 250
These images are the result of moments stolen from the days Liam Bailey sometimes spends as an 'officiant presence' in his role as a photographer at weddings. They explore the discrepancy between relationships expressed by a formal group picture, and those expressed by a picture taken either a few seconds before or afterwards.
Showing only the disintegrated 'twin' of the formal image, the project amounts to a striking demonstration of what happens when a documentary approach is allowed to infiltrate the highly-codified world of wedding photography: a bride has a quick drag on a cigarette; the policing of unenthusiastic children is suspended; and people laugh and muck about, or allow their uncomfortable body language to speak volumes. Quietly subversive, the images refuse to play the game, emphasising the fragility of the safely composed groupings (and the relationships they express) that we are so used to seeing in our relatives' wedding albums or displayed on their shelves, walls and sideboards.
I have worked as a freelance photographer since the early 1990s, but have in the past ten years combined my professional practice with producing my own projects. I completed an MA in Fine art photography at the London college of communication in 2006 Forever England was published by Dewi Lewis in 2006. I live in London with my Partner and 3 Children My design and corporate site is www.liambailey.com