{wedding} Penny & Gerald

 

In a place that is archaic, exceptionally isolated, surrounded by 130,000 people living under plastic tarpaulins, no running water, no electricity, no food, no shops, no money…nothing….  In a place absent of all life pleasures, I found romance.

I found a man who I would want to spend the rest of my life with.

 

It was the 1st of February 2007 …Darfur, Sudan.  The largest refugee camp in the world.

There were 20 expatriate humanitarians living there.  I remember an incident happened in camp where many people were injured and laying on the ground.  We all worked so hard to assist these people throughout the darkness with no light and no water.

 

I turned around and Gerald was standing there. From the darkness where he had stood for hours observing the carnage, he stepped forward holding a box of Belgium Chocolates.  He wanted to share them with me. We had spoken briefly prior to this of our mutual love of chocolate, such a rare and precious thing in a place like this.

But right there, a lifetime away from the rest of the world, stood a Belgian man oozing of humbleness.

For me the rest was history.

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  1. Отличные снимки Йонас!
    Гуру репортажа!!!

  2. Wow.. Jag menar wow, vilka fantastiska bilder!! Antar att du får höra det hela tiden men älskar dina bilder! Älskar att de har liv! Ljuset, färgerna är helt fantastiska! Även när delar av ett foto är suddigt, har bilden ändå skärpa.
    Jaa.. Vet inte vad jag ska säga haha!
    Wow!

  3. ps. att du i början skrev med den lilla delen ur deras mail/brev bidrog verkligen till den magiska känslan. När man får veta lite bakgrund så ger det bilderna väldigt mycket mer mening. Annars hade det kanske bara kännts som ännu ett bröllop i fina bilder. Nu får det ett annat djup. Ha det bra

  4. det är så fint så jag sitter o ryser. var bara tvungen att använda ballong/vinglas-bilden som skrivbordsbakgrund, hoppas det var ok. BEAUTIFUL

  5. Jag får alltid samla mod inför att hälsa på dig här Jonas. För jag vet att det kommer att komma så starka känslor när jag gör det. Och är man inte beredd, kan bli totalt knockad.

    UNDERBART!!

  6. jonas…your storytelling does justice to the incredible genesis of their relationship. i am grateful that this amazing couple reached out to you, and grateful that you have extended this to us. humbled.

  7. I always look forward to your latest post. Once again, you don’t disappoint. What a location. But overriding that is the emotion that you’ve captured in the shots. Beautiful work.

  8. These especially give me goosebumps as we were married at Hidden Grove earlier this year – the most beautiful location and a spot that is continually filled with beaming love. Your images capture that every part of that so clearly. Love.

  9. Absolute magic!!! Their love for each other is so palpable in these photos, the series of when he first sees her is simply priceless. This may be one of my favourites yet!! Really sublime!

  10. Incredible Jonas, simply incredible! The fact that Arcade Fire is in the background just added to the undeniable joy shown throughout the day. Bravo!

  11. Du måste nästan vara lite oemottaglig för alla positiva ord gällande dina bilder vid det här laget.

    Det enda jag kan säga är att jag, efter att ha sett det här, kanske möjligtvis är en smula sugen på att gifta mig. jag tror inte ens på äktenskapet som institution, men just här och nu är jag beredd att omvärdera den ståndpunkten.

    och oh, klockrent musikval!

  12. These two make me so unexplainably happy. They just look completely in the moment in every single photo. Beautiful, Jonas.

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