With a foundation as a photojournalist, I was attuned to notice and trained to capture with my cameras. This differs greatly from what I do today.
A portrait photographer directs the subject, who is aware of the camera. The documentary or journalistic genre prohibits the artist from interjecting him or herself into the moment.
This hard border between creating and capturing is something I’m accustomed to.
Once in a while, I cross over to the other side like I did yesterday in Monterosso, Italy.
Henri Cartier-Bresson was an early practitioner of street photography, capturing candid moments. He coined the phrase, “the decisive moment” which is deeply engrained in my photography consciousness.
I still love Cartier-Bresson’s work but I see his photography in a different light now. The passage of time has shown me that one moment is not intrinsically better than another.
He’s still a powerful influence on me and almost every other serious photographer that I know. When the opportunity for capturing a moment arises, he looms large in my thought process.
I observed this group of six people before I took any photos. I waited to see what was happening and what I thought might transpire.
Maybe this was the decisive moment, maybe it wasn’t. All I know is that I captured something memorable.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.
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