Marriage in the community

PhotographerVittoria Dussoni
PrizePortraiture / Culture
Entry Description

This is a marriage between two members of a religious community in New South Wales, Australia. The bride and groom grew up together within the group and now will move into a small timber house on the groups's land. The community restricts the amount of time children can dedicate to media such as television and radio and children are schooled at home. The community uses the computer only as an aid to business. Also they look after the land and share work load and responsibility such as at their bakery and at their restaurant business. The share of work is equal and their assetts, including the land and each of the homes belong to the community as a group. I was invited to the wedding and, together with other guests and community members, I took photographs. I was attracted by the group's identifying traits of appearance; like the traditional dresses, the wedding customs and the all together traits of a natural lifestyle void of our modern necessities. The children's ability to sing is without doubt special and, as one elder explained, since the children don't watch television they have time to learn how to dance, sing and bake cookies.

About Photographer

Born in Rome, Italy. Studied in the U.S.A. and lives in Australia. A graduate in Photography from The University of Texas at Austin. I am committed to photographing the less empowered as dignified individuals and beautiful human beings. I try to emphasize the subjects' personal reality.