Henri Cartier-Bresson is one of my photography heroes. He was a French photographer considered to be the father of modern photojournalism. He was an early adopter of 35 mm format, and the master of the decisive moment.
Cartier-Bresson once said, “There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment. “
Here’s one of his images I have always admired.
“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. In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject.” — Cartier-Bresson
The images he made sensitized me to the possibilities of textures, shadows, movement, and spontaneity in my work. I can see his influence in this image from Burgundy, France.
I’d like to think he would be jealous he didn’t take this shot.