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Sunday, December 18, 2005

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The Decisive Moment

Everything I've learned about photography has either been existential or taught to me by the streets. In other words, I did not go to school to learn how to take pictures.

Hence, I have been at a loss when people have compared my work to that of Henri Cartier-Bresson. Certainly, I had heard of his name, but was not as familiar with his art as perhaps I should be.

However, recently I was invited to participate in a group dedicated to his methodology and "philosophy." So, I decided that before I agreed to join that I should finally attempt to understand what all the hub-bub was all about, and in turn read the following article about Bresson's work: The Decisive Moment .

The newest set of photos I've culled together is based on what I found out, which is essentially that Henri had a knack for capturing moments when all the elements seem to come together.

It is a method to the madness that has long spurred my own creative work and one which underlies much of the lost man chronicles. In particular, living for the moment is single most important tenet that spurs both my literary and photographic art.

To view all of the photos chosen for the The Decisive Moment set in a large format slideshow go to! and click on A La Bresson.

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