It’s an obsession to become totally immersed in the challenge and process of capturing that fleeting, unique sliver of time – never to be seen exactly the same way ever ever again – and the joy/wonder, love/warmth, smile/laugh it brings to whomever looks at it. Whether now, 5 years from now, or 50 years from now.
Plus, I’m just a spatial relations geek and love shapes, geometries, light, shadow, angles, curves and any kind of interesting composition or juxtaposition.
“To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.”
“Think about the photo before and after, never during. The secret is to take your time. You mustn’t go too fast. The subject must forget about you. Then, however, you must be very quick.”
“The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box.”
“There is no closed figure in nature. Every shape participates with another. No one thing is independent of another, and one thing rhymes with another, and light gives them shape.”
“Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.”
– all from Henri Cartier-Bresson
Rue Mouffetard, Paris, 1954. Henri Cartier-Bresson.