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?