Library to Exhibit Local Photographer’s Photos of Mumbai Wedding


Craig Moseley.

While traveling with his daughter in India in 2012, local photojournalist Craig Moseley had the opportunity to attend a wedding in Mumbai. The brilliant melding of beautiful colors and vibrant cultural traditions were a feast for his artist’s eye.

A retired geologist from the oil-and-gas industry, Moseley has enjoyed photography since his days in high school, when he served as the photographer for the campus newspaper.

Moseley and his wife, Debbie, reside in Katy.

Photos that Moseley captured of the festivities during the 3-day wedding event will be on display at Fort Bend County Libraries’ First Colony Branch Library throughout the month of August. The exhibit, “A Wedding in Mumbai,” features photographs that provide a peek into a cultural event from the perspective of an outsider.

“I quickly learned that the diversity of cultures and religions in India means there is no such thing as a “standard” set of wedding customs. Instead, Indian weddings vary greatly from region to region,” says Moseley.

A wedding in Mumbai.

On the first day of the event, Moseley captured photos of the Pooja Ceremony and the Sangeet. On the second day, the groom dressed in elaborate wedding attire before proceeding to the Baraat – a large procession filled with music and dancing.

“Upon reaching the wedding venue, the families of the bride and groom joined together for the actual wedding ceremony, which took place under a structure called a Mandap,” says Moseley. “A reception was held on the evening of the third day.”

Moseley says he was amazed at the incredible colors, the overwhelming feeling of fun and joy expressed by the families and their friends and the warmth with which he and his daughter were greeted as “extended family.”

The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2800 or visit www.fortbend.lib.tx.us. The First Colony Branch Library is located at 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land.