"Gods Bedoeling" by Samuel Otte (NL)
The Netherlands, 2014
31x28cm, 44 pages, digital print
Photography: Samuel Otte
This project is about the Dutch Christian Orthodox marriage. The Christian marriage is a carefully constructed form of relationship, in form as well as in theological content. I photographed about 30 young Christian orthodox couples in their living rooms. Some of them are just married (max 1 year) and some are going to be married soon.
Besides I photographed the marriage courses most of them attended. A marriage course is arranged by the church to teach the young couples collected for their new married lives to come. For Christian couples it is not allowed to live together before their marriage. It is also a Calvinistic cultural thing to buy a house instead of renting one. That is why a lot of couples wait with getting married till they have bought a house. Once they have one, the plan their marriage around the date they get the key of their house. Most of them furnish their house with stuff they collect in advance.
SELF PUBLISH RIGA is an international contest of photobook dummies organised by ISSP during Riga Photomonth in May 2014. Almost 100 dummies took part in the competition.