Saturday, March 20, 2010

My Saturday at Havana and Alligator Point

Woke up in the morning feeling like P Diddy....

Some not quite strawberries in Havana


aaaaand we made it!  super happy to be here

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Why I Love Henri Cartier-Bresson

1. He used a portable little Leica, a fixed 50mm lens, and 35 mm film in a time when most serious photographers were using large format cameras and tripods.

supposedly this is at Vieux Port, in Marseille.

2.  Most of them are candid.  He painted the shiny parts of his Leica black, in an attempt to be more anonymous. Candids take a lot more patience, gumption, and work...if not talent, than other types of photos do (i.e. landscapes...they aren't exactly going anywhere)

The little poster here says "give a little of your blood."

3.  He photographed Matisse, Albert Camus, and Truman Capote, seen below, respectively.

Fun fact:  of all the photos of his that I've seen, this one has the shortest depth of field.

4.  He started getting into photography during the Surrealist movement, how sweet is that?

5. "The Decisive Moment"  Once you miss it, its gone forever.

6.  He never used a flash.  His quote sums up why it bothers me so much to use one: "impolite, like coming to a concert with a pistol in your hand."

7.  He had an "in-camera" philosophy and never really fiddled with his photos in the darkroom.  You can see in this one that its just a full frame print.  Adds character.

8.  "The simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as the precise organization of forms which gives that event its proper expression... . In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little human detail can become a leitmotif." — Henri Cartier-Bresson

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


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