Monday, October 1, 2012

Henri Cartier Bresson

"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. "

“To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. It’s a way of life.”

"If you look at the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, he applied geometry to his images poetically. If you look at the composition of his images he integrated vertical, horizontal, and diagonal lines, curves, shadows, triangles, circles, and squares to his advantage. He also paid particular attention to frames as well.

Don’t only see the world as it is, look for shapes and geometry that occur naturally as well. Open up your mind and break your environment into different formal elements. Look for lines that may lead to your subjects or squares that may frame your image. Become poetic with your images and integrate interesting actors and stages when you are out shooting"

I found this interesting article about Henri Cartier Bresson, also known as the godfather of street photography. Click here to read more.

I think what I like most about Henri's photos is how candid but at the same time perfectly posed his shots are. I also love that after looking at his photos for quite a while you can visualize what was happening the moment he took a shot, you can create a story for it.

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