This is the first of a series of blog posts from Miyajima- a holy island near Hiroshima boasting temples, rivers, mountains, friendly deer, monkeys and a mystical floating Tori gate.
The island is shrouded in legend and myth. A favourite story is that couples visiting together must receive a blessing, or else be destined to separate. In as much, the island is a popular choice for weddings- giving me the chance to take this photo of a Japanese girl and American marine on their happy day. I love the mix of imagery; of the traditional, delicate kimono and the rigid, militant uniform- cultures joined by the hand. I decided to take the picture from behind, showing off the elaborateness of the Kimono’s obi and capturing the weddings official photographer peering round the see what I was up to.