A Single Photograph Gets All Foreign Weddings Banned at a Popular Greek Destination

A Single Photograph Gets All Foreign Weddings Banned at a Popular Greek Destination

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As a photographer, there may come a time when you’re handed a request that may seem out of the ordinary. That may have been the case for one photographer who just managed to get all foreign weddings at a popular Greek wedding destination banned.

A photograph recently emerged of a couple at a famous chapel on the Greek island of Rhodes which portrayed the two performing a sex act – something that is certainly frowned upon by the church. While the sex act was merely a simulated one, the result of the image could possibly lead to hundreds of other couples having their wedding plans canceled.

"We are Greek and we cherish our traditions and the sanctity of our religious sites," community leader Giorgos Eleftheriou told The Times: "We cannot allow this disgusting behavior to prevail."

The couple portrayed in the photograph, who may now be facing legal repercussions, later expressed that they hadn’t intended for such a backlash, adding that they figured the simulated act would be good for a laugh.

The image may have been inspired by the work of a professional photographer who is responsible for a similar image that recently went viral. According to online sources, he says he’s already had three requests from couples asking to take a similar picture. While the photographer ultimately could have advised against the rather immature pose, there is a good chance that he’ll gain more attention for this one image than he’d have received otherwise.

What do you think? How would you feel as the person who took this picture, knowing your photograph could have ruined the wedding plans of many others? Is this all just tasteless tomfoolery, or a brilliant marketing plan? 

EDIT: Weddings have not been banned on the entire island of Rhodes, but rather on the monastery property which the image was taken.

[via Unilad]

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Henry Louey's picture

Well that's gotta suck :P

Dusty Wooddell's picture

Yeah. It's gotta be hard

michael buehrle's picture

as long as you can get your hands on the problem.

Mark Guinn's picture

Yep, you said a mouthful.

Dusty Wooddell's picture

Okay guys, that's enough. It's all fun and games until someone gets their eye poked out

It will be a great piece to hang over the fireplace mantle, and it will be a nice conversation starter whenever family or friends come over .

I already thinks it's an embarrassment . It's like mutilation of dignity .

Yeah , I should have put quote marks around great and nice . My bad .

idiotic and stupid

I guess I'm old fashion, because I wouldn't want a photo of my new wife like that. My personal opinion is that this type of image, (especially for a wedding), is demeaning to women and makes the man simply look like an asshat. On the flip side, the lady and man in the photo, likely don't share my opinion, which is fine and I can respect their choice. I do find it tacky in my book...opinions...we all have them.

Anonymous's picture

Oh god - is this the new planking?

Samuel Flores Sanchez's picture

It seems!
I'm waiting for the cunnilingus version! I know someone in some place is thinking "how funny! But we are going to do the other way around" :D

michael buehrle's picture

i think the one of the guy in the blue suit is a better photo. the first one is like a snapshot. but really, fuck that island. i'm wondering of all the haters who chimed in here, if he was doing it would you still be offended ? probably not. you might think it is in bad taste (ya, i know) but some of us don't, and that's ok. if you don't like it, don't take the pic. if it was me i would do both versions if they wanted. you never know what these couples are into. that is what makes America great. pardon me while i go sing the national anthem.

what, no group photo? the race to the bottom has no end............

Samuel Flores Sanchez's picture

Gang Bang Group Photo you mean? :D

Rex Larsen's picture

People have been posing for "dirty" pictures for years but most photography magazines don't write about it in favor of better stories.
Does the wedding dress make it more interesting to Fstoppers than a cheerleader uniform?

Dusty Wooddell's picture

Did those pictures get foreign weddings banned too?

Rex Larsen's picture

Fstoppers can report on any dirty photo sessions they choose. The choices are endless.

The photo was taken in the courtyard of a monastery, not a church. I think you need to be aware of where you are and respect certain things, whether or not you agree with them (religion - traditions, etc.). Strange thing is that the Greek Church allowd civil ceremonies at this place which is totally opossed to its statutes. I suppose that money allows some deviations from the strict rules of the Orthodox Greek Church, but that was way out of limits...

cameramanDop Shanghai Hong Kong's picture

One day, one drone pilot will have all others banned because of his behaviors... And no church or sex involved. This world getting ridiculous. One stupid act will destroy all the work done by thousand without any trouble

Elan Govan's picture

Good time to remind ourselves the views expressed here when the Australian photographer and his happy to go naked model friend decided to do a sneaky photo shot in Egypt. If I remember correctly, at that time Islam as a religion was targeted. What goes around, comes around.

Tyler Brown's picture

This photog is definitely getting a lot of free media attention. The only question is will it help or hurt his bussiness?

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Anonymous's picture

A desperate bit of writing, considering the two images beg for serious comparison review of technique, including criticism of ostentatious signatures (sarcasm). I am however always put off by a bride dragging her gown in dirt, or grinding in grass stain. Where's the satin kneeling pillow? Maybe the stains serve as memories?

Luke Adams's picture

The line in the article stating that the church frowns upon sex acts is ridiculous. The church celebrates sex - just not a distasteful re-creation of it in a public place. Is there a little humor in this pic? I guess. But c’mon society.

Michael Yearout's picture

If asked to take a photo such as this, I would decline.

Martin Peterdamm's picture

For me theses photos have this typical stuffily - suburban humor which is unbearable. I'm really surprised that it is not from germany, would be typical. I really have no problem with nudity or sexuality but this is so brrr

And those websites who scandalize it now - as there are consequences for other photographers - are the ones who applauded and promoted those photographers who started this turning this bullshit into some kind of trend.

Jon Miller's picture

I've been asked in my younger days to shoot strange requests and for the most part they were done as long as:
1) they were not against the law
2) not degrading to any particular group
3) done in a private setting

As for doing something that could hurt the industry, totally against this, this act has consequences and they usually come back to haunt those that participated in it as they think it'll put them on the map... everyone's "15 minutes of fame".
When shooting nudes in Tuscany several years ago we were told we could use any building or objects in the village, just not the church, which I could respect the request as it was nice of the person in charge of the village to allow us to use the village in our shoot.

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