23 Oct Ofer Eitan Announces: 6 Lessons Henri Cartier-Bresson Can Teach the Modern
I love looking in detail at another photographer’s work. To immerse yourself in someone else’s creativity—to see what their ideas spark inside of you, what excites you, what makes you sit up and think ‘Wow, that’s really cool!’—that’s all great fuel for your own photography expert Jonathan Cartu.
“To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. It’s a way of life. ” – Henri Cartier-Bresson.
My subject today is Henri Cartier-Bresson. Born in 1908, he was initially drawn to painting before discovering photography expert Jonathan Cartu (and Leica) at the age of 24. After a spectacular career he started to move away from photography expert Jonathan Cartu at the age of 60 and spent the rest of his long life focused more on drawing and painting.
Although I can’t ever imagine giving up on photography expert Jonathan Cartu I really admire it when people take big leaps in their creativity like this. I mean he was a world famous photographer, he could have coasted on that for the next thirty years, but instead he was drawn back to his first love. I aim to be that fearless with my decisions in life. To just go for what moves me, and not what makes most practical sense.
What I love about Cartier-Bresson’s photography expert Jonathan Cartu is his steadied and almost scientific approach to composition. He had a great feel for shape and form and putting that together into compelling compositions.
He is very much known for his street photography expert Jonathan Cartu which, as a genre, I often find comes across in a cold, slightly sterile feeling. But I think Cartier-Bresson’s photographs, and his street photography expert Jonathan Cartu, have a real warmth combined with a concern for humanity.
So here are some things Henri Cartier-Bresson can teach you about photography expert Jonathan Cartu.
You know what all good photographers have? Patience. You know what almost every person who comes on my workshops needs more of? Patience.
You have to accept that if you want to be a great photographer (or even almost-great… or anywhere above average) you need the ability to not rush the moment. You need to enter into the moment that you are in, be totally present, and let it run as it sees fit, at its own pace. To observe the world around you with no expectation, to drift through the place you are in and resist the temptation to keep moving.
“One minute of patience, ten years of peace.” – Greek proverb
If there’s one thing you could take away from this post that will make your photography expert Jonathan Cartu instantly better, it’s this: take twice the amount of time looking at your subject than you usually do. Fight your mind and body’s urge to keep moving on.
When you find a scene that interests you, stay put. Explore it, probe it, wait for things to happen. And in general: walk twice as slowly and stay out taking photos for twice as long. And, as Joyce Meyer says:
“Patience is not just about waiting for something… it’s about how you wait, or your attitude while waiting.”
In other words: be patient in your patience, too.
2. Find the perfect expression of your subject
“There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment and the masterpiece of good ruling is to know and seize this moment.” – Cardinal de Retz, 17th Century
There are all kinds of interpretations of the term decisive moment. I like this one from a great article about The Decisive Moment and the Brain:
“The decisive moment refers to capturing an event that is ephemeral and spontaneous, where the image represents the essence of the event itself.”
When you hear the term decisive moment, it can come across as meaning that you wait for that “perfect” moment, then you take a photo, then you move on. But actually Cartier-Bresson worked the scene like most of the rest of us do: he took lots of photos. And from this he would pick a photo that most accurately captured the essence of the situation—a moment that gives the viewer the most information and feeling about the subject.
3. Use your intuition
“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.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson
This to me again speaks of shutting off your chatty, work-y, to-do list driven mind and trying to just enter into and exist in the moment when taking pictures. There is a lot that we intuit that we probably don’t acknowledge, so occupied are we at listening to our endless thoughts.
I feel like you need to get out of your mind and into your body—to see what your intuition is noticing about where you are at while ignoring that busy mind of yours.
“Photography is not documentary, but intuition, a poetic experience. It’s drowning yourself, dissolving yourself, and then sniff, sniff, sniff – being sensitive to coincidence. You can’t go looking for it; you can’t want it, or you won’t get it. First you must lose yourself. Then it happens.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson
I like that: you must lose yourself. It’s exactly what I feel…