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The saga of the wedding continues...
The Groom's Mother's smile says it all, brittle, sharp and just a little bit of "this is the brave face I have to put on for this farce..."
Or am I being just a little bit cruel?

Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark II
Lens:28:200 Canon
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:A Thousand Words (8)
Username:david deveson david deveson
Uploaded:27 Dec 2008 - 10:37 AM
Tags:Black & white, Photo journalism
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She has a beautiful face. What structure! To me she looks genuinely happy, but then I don't know her as perhaps you do.
Another excellent image.

kitsch  9439 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
27 Dec 2008 - 11:32 AM

hmm.... i dunno... her smile doesn't seem to quite reach her eyes IMO Smile

david deveson

Hi Kitsch, I think I know and I agree with you.... it was a fixed smile she put on her face, just like make-up... the difference was it didn't smudge.

mr g
mr g  11403 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
27 Dec 2008 - 12:33 PM

A cracking image regardless of the 'smile debate'


27 Dec 2008 - 1:20 PM

Gorgeous shot.

27 Dec 2008 - 1:24 PM

she may be iin doubt about it but she is soooo pretty.

shaks  13561 forum posts Tokelau1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Dec 2008 - 3:24 PM

I think you're right, the smile looks very false.

old timer
old timer  1155 forum posts Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Dec 2008 - 3:34 PM

I agree the smile 'doesn't reach the eyes' but it's a cracking capture. How you managed to get that lighting so perfect in what must have been difficult conditions I just don't know.

mrswoolybill Critique Team 9830 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1314 Constructive Critique Points
27 Dec 2008 - 4:03 PM

Jo's hit the nail absolutely on the head - big smily mouth, strangely empty eyes. Lady Macbeth greeting her guests. (Oh dear, maybe cruelty is infectious...)

jkcuddihy  1172 forum posts Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Dec 2008 - 5:30 PM

Look folks, if this"Italian mother"is anything like the "Irish mother"at her own son's wedding, her eyes will then reveal it all. Not a surprise to me.
But David, you didn't get back to my comment in your last upload on this wedding...what about that woman in black between the bride and her Dad? Now there's a world of intrigue in her expression!!!!!!!????
Johnny...(continuing to stir it, as usual!)

david deveson

Stir away, Johnny, stir away.... as for your woman 'in black' I know nothing, absolutely nothing but I'll go and investigate if your curiosity is so intrigued....
and a Happy New Year to you....

david deveson

Moira and Jo,
those eyes never ever once during the whole day light up and say "so glad you're here....".
... never ever, not even once.

SuziBlue  1316195 forum posts Scotland10 Constructive Critique Points
27 Dec 2008 - 7:06 PM

What a series! I've been hooked like everyone else into the unfolding story - and I cannot begin to imagine the relationship there will be between Mama and the new bride .. just makes my knees shudder to think of it.

And yes, interesting to see a face lke this - not one of those what I call "life lines" are called into play in that smile .. two halves of a face completely at odds.

mrswoolybill Critique Team 9830 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1314 Constructive Critique Points
27 Dec 2008 - 7:34 PM

Back again for another look. Try this little experiment - hold a sheet of paper up diagonally against the screen, hiding the face below end of eyebrow to bottom of nose, see how the expression changes.

Diana  92011 forum posts Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2008 - 12:48 AM

I dont see any disjoint between her eyes and her smile...no one can know whats going on in her mind anyway..she may have some real troubles going on behind those lovely eyes that have nothing to do with the wedding

I think it is a stunning shot though


petixa  10 Spain
28 Dec 2008 - 4:26 PM


DOGSBODY  71432 forum posts England30 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2008 - 5:21 PM

I feel that people are reading something into this picture that is not there. The smile and the eyes look fine to me - what I find does catch my eye though are those bright highlights behind her head. Andy

david deveson

My friends, you can all think what you like but Moira is right..... take a piece of paper, separate the eyes from the mouth and visa versa.... there's no connection.... it's a smile as false and brittle as a piece of toffee apple.... the piece of paper trick is one I used as a Director... and when you get what you've got here you have an actress who isn't feeling deep down what she's been asked to feel. It's as false as Guy Fawke's night in the middle of May.


A wonderful expression or caught here David, but whichever a truly wonderful shot.
Congrats on another HC


ChrisOs  10 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2009 - 4:11 PM

It's a cracking image whatever the truth behind it.
"The only point of art is the bit you can't explain" Georges Braque
(maybe not word perfect, but he was speaking in French)

14 Jan 2009 - 1:02 PM

Fantastic image David. Just tried Moira's suggestion and she's right there is no connection between the eyes and the smile. Her eyes have a very preoccupied look almost sad.

paulett  6 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2009 - 3:50 PM

love this pic.

HowardA  8231 forum posts
13 Sep 2009 - 11:05 PM

Excellent. Great lighting and the unravelling of a tale.

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