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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Henri Cartier-Bresson - The Decisive Moment

This is a follow on from my last post about HBC influences. This rare video is narrated by Cartier Bresson where he talks about his ability to predict the right time to press the shutter. It  was a pleasure to list to him talk about his work.



Monday, 13 May 2013

The Catier Bresson influence.


I have been studying Henri Catier Bresson's work for some time amongst others. Which brings me to a new acquisition Published by Thames and Hudson about  Catier Bresson. It has been a joy to read and is a pocket sized which accounts for it doing a lot of travelling with me being read at those odd times when I'm having coffee, waiting for an appointment or in a quite moments snatched between jobs. It is a thin volume that  has surprisingly taken quite a time to finish – which is  a good thing as it is one of those books I will be sad to see the back of.


It was not until recently that I noticed that all this reading about Henri and his methods, has influenced the way I have taken a number of pictures. All be it at a subconscious level. It is true to say HBC was a bit of a snapper, an opportunist when taking a number of his most well known pictures. His method in a number of cases was to wait at a location that interested him pictorially and watch life unfold in front of it. Some  favourites that illustrate this are: The stairway down to the street with the cyclist rushing by and the man jumping the puddle.
 

The picture of the lady walking her dogs along the sea front is a Bresson inspired image although at the time I did not realise this. My intention was to take an empty picture depicting the lamp post and line of the wall for a project that has been coming together over the years as an odd shot here and there. I was about to take the picture when I noticed out of the corner of my eye that a group  were about to walk into shot or what I thought were people only to be present in the view finder as dogs. The next thing I know I had taken the shot with that little voice in your head saying that's a better shot. Having printed the picture it is not as good as when I took it. The day is depicted a lot duller than I remember but I do recall how brass monkey the weather was.

Do you find this happening to you when you have been reading about other photographers?