Seeing & Looking
Phone in the Wedding
As the bridge and groom paused partway down the aisle, the uploads began.
Strolling down the center aisle of the Church of God, the groom slowed his pace. In front of him, a reef of cell phones waved like sea fans in an ocean current. He paused, thinking that his new bridge was tired of being photographed. He could see, however, that she was keeping her smile.
As if upheld in prayer, the phone cameras rose even higher. They glowed aloft. Lowered, they were scrutinized by their owners, the guests at this island wedding who were keen to preserve the event and remember this couple's union.
The couple halted. While the priest found his pen for them to sign their vows, a young father wrestled playfully with his twenty-one-month-old daughter on the side aisle, attempting to have her touch down to earth for a picture, as stained glass colors danced by her on the floor by her shoes. A stunningly beautiful woman with yellow eye-liner and purple-tinted braids charged her iPhone from an outlet next to a pile of Bibles stacked on the floor.
The newlyweds exited the Church of God. They strode in to the luminous sunlight. A benediction of cell phones followed. Car doors opened. Engines started. Everyone got ready for their drive to the reception. Social media tags were quickly added.
Not a single phone rang during the holy ceremony.
Photos and Writings by Jim Austin Jimages
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