Seeing & Looking
Before the wedding uploads began, the groom paused.
Walking down the center aisle of the Church of God, he groom slowed his pace to less than a crawl. Between him and the front hallway, where the couple were headed, a reef of cell phones waved like sea fans in the current. He knew that his bride was tired, her blood sugar levels were dropping, but he felt that, despite being emotionally drained, she was keeping her smiles flowing. The phones rose higher all around them.
Phone cameras were raised in prayer. They glowed aloft, then were brought down, to be scrutinized by their owners. The guests at this Bahamas island wedding were keen to know they'd captured the Bride, safely, on their memory chips.
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 stack of Bibles on the floor, wistful because she's missed many moments.
The newlyweds exited the Church of God, passed into blinding tropical sunlight, with a sea of cell phones following. As car doors opened and engines started up, all the guests got ready for a trip to the reception. Social media tags were added. Uploading began . . .
Not a single phone rang during the holy ceremony.
Photos and Writings by Jim Austin Jimages