The Decisive Moment.

The expression ‘the decisive moment’ originates from Henri Cartier-Bresson’s book. Bresson was a brilliant life photographer, he captured moments in time that were famous, documenting history. His images had a presence about them which the viewer could to relate to within their lives, he photographed real moments, real feelings, real life. Bresson was a firm believer in photographing the real, what really happened.”To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression.” there is no second shoot, no second chance. “There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment”.

 

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Henri Cartier-Bresson 1934

 

 

 

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Henri Cartier-Bresson 1938

 

I am very excited about this project. I have loved Henri’s work throughout most of my photography years. I get so inspired by the raw images, they are picture of people, people doing things everyday. Its borderline photojournalism but its has a familiar feeling about it like they’ve come out of a family album or its an image that made the viewer smile. Either way, I love his work I’m very excited about this project that I was inspired today whilst I was out and about. I found this boy with his fishing rod next to a puddle, he told me ‘his mother had sent him out to play’, he also told me he was sure he saw fish in it earlier and he would catch them. This really made my day.

 

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Trip to Leeds

I am very pleased and glad the images finally came back from Jessops, the overall images are perfect and exactly what I was hoping for as the colour film didn’t come out well at all, with the majority of them out of focus and at strange angles. This project is very tiring with the public ducking and diving away from you. I did adapt a technique of standing waiting at crossings with them then turning the camera on them whilst they wait, trapping them next to my lens. The effect I like best about these images is the sense of movement, as people rush around flying pass each other. I don’t feel like I achieved anything near Bresson but I understand the way he worked and I understand why he kept revisiting this style of working, its voyeuristically addictive. I’m saddened that I can’t use this as my final project for my documentary project, I couldn’t because Jessops took too long and I believed the images wouldn’t be any good. Very late surprise.

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