The Decisive Moment

The famous French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson coined the term ‘The Decisive Moment’. Two quotes from him sum up the art of photography for me:

“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 a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative”

Of course Cartier-Bresson was a street photographer where the split second is the difference between a good photo and an excellent one, but I believe the same translates to even Landscape Photography, where the intuition to respond to the moment is still key.

Here I noticed the curved sunlight filtered through the clouds mirrored the form of the road; a split second later it was gone.

Decisive Moment (2017)

You Yangs, Vic. Australia
Words & Image: © Gary Light (2017)
Creative Commons: (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

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