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“Henri Cartier-Bresson was a French photographer considered to be the father of photojournalism. He was the master of candid photography. He helped develop the street photography or life reportage style that was coined The Decisive Moment.” wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Cartier-Bresson.
As far as I can remember pictures of moments were always my favorite. As a child I would spent hours looking through my father’s film contact sheets from a vacation or trips to the river. Carefully looking through the magnifying loupe for those images that were full of emotion, fun, attitude, gestures or an abstract likeness of something we’ve done.
Henri Cartier-Bresson gave it a name and brought it to light. But I like to think that liking this type of images its an innate part of our human psyche. To be drawn seeing life in action or moments we can remember or relate to abstractly. Maybe that is why we love movies so much. There are no movies of someone smiling at the camera without any sort story of emotion being told.
When it comes to my style of wedding photography and although most of photos I take on a wedding day are fairly traditional or portrait oriented. I am still strongly attracted to those images that capture a moment in time. An emotion, a gesture, a memory being created, an in-between moment. Its takes patience and relentlessness to capture them, which is why if you see me working a wedding you will see me constantly observing with the camera up to my eyes ready to shoot. Although it may take practice and training to see and capture this things I believe at least for me its the way I always seen the world even before I started to capture it with my camera.
Photo journalist style photography needs to be done closely to its subjects. To feel close and intimate you must be close and intimate. People must learn to trust you and to trust that you are capturing something meaningful and allow you to do it. Sometimes I fear that most people want cheesy pictures in front of monuments or smiling at the camera with their usual camera smile and pose. But the more I hear from people who connect with what I do I believe that most people too love this kind of photography. They may not understand why or the technical or aesthetic components behind it but they love what it implies and how it makes them feel.
That is the power of photography. To allow someone to feel something from an image they see. To connect or to envision something about a life that they long for, want, or identify with. Imagine how powerful it is to see those same images of our selves, of the people and the moments of our lives. Imagine seeing them in 5, 10, 20 years from today. This is why I love my job. This is why I love photography and this is why I love capturing the in between moments of life.