A photograph that made me think-The decisive moment by Henri Cartier Bresson (1952)

Initially, the image was striking to me but I never understood why everyone found it so special, I always wanted to know more about the image such as who was the man jumping, where was it taken and many more questions but as I started to go out photographing more and more,I started to understand what the context was to a photographer. The image is a snapshot as is many of Henri Cartier Bresson’s work but I began to see it for what it’s title is,The decisive moment it shows how fleeting photography can be and how you cannot just let a shot go if you see something spectacular as a photographer you have an almost obligation to capture a moment and it’s the boundary between the everyday and mundane, without the man jumping over the puddle, there is no image as impactful as this. This image made me think about my own practice and made me continue to carry something around permanently to enable a chance to capture something special. This image is a reminder to me to think about the opportunities that can be missed if I don’t look at my surroundings and find that decisive moment in the everyday.

There’s no name on this article. Can you please me know who write, it, thanks. Shawn



One thought on “A photograph that made me think-The decisive moment by Henri Cartier Bresson (1952)”

  1. This article really made me think about all the times I’ve seen an opportunity to capture, but passed due to a lack of confidence in the result. Reading this has made me feel regret on those missed chances. I feel a sudden ‘obligation’ to make sure I don’t pass these moments, despite how mundane or minuscule the subject or thought behind the idea is, because the results could be surprising. This has really given me a fresh ‘lens’ on my surroundings now, its a shame your name is missing, but thank you mystery author.


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