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A Grandfather’s Gaze

March 14, 2018

By Stacey Goldberg

© Robyn + Finch

Photographers Robyn and Jacob Fink—a husband and wife duo based in Detroit—were shooting together for most of this wedding day, but during the processional, they parted ways to get varying perspectives of the room. It was a traditional Jewish wedding at the Whitney Museum, so Jacob stood at the end of the aisle by the groom and Robyn chose a position at the top of the balcony where many of the family members were seated. "As Robyn glanced over, she saw the patriarch of the family, who did not speak very much English, gazing at his grandson standing in position awaiting his bride," Jacob explains.

Robyn captured a few frames and then shifted her focus back on the ceremony. When it came time for the duo to edit the photos, they couldn't help but notice the beauty of this moment. "The way the light fell upon his face, highlighting his expression, it spoke to us even more. It speaks to the roles of the elders in a more traditional family," he says. "Even though we captured so many precious moments 10 minutes earlier during the signing of the Ketubah, it was this moment that really stood out as the pinnacle of the entire day."

(Captured using a Canon 5D Mark III and a 35mm lens.)

Photo © Robyn & Jacob Fink

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