As a Getty Images contributor I am asked to upload pictures to specific themes that Getty need to enlarge for its stock pictures library. It's a task that I love to do as it forces me to go through my huge photography library (and a bit disorganized) in search of what they need and helps me to find a use for pictures that otherwise would be probably forgotten between thousands and thousands of pictures.
These days they are after pictures related to the "Decisive Moment" described by Henri Cartier-Bresson. Bresson is one of my favorite photographers and for a while I used to be obsessed about this decisive moment of his when trying to take my first pictures around 8 years ago. Let me introduce his definition of the decisive moment.
He wrote: "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."
Cartier-Bresson told the Washington Post in 1957: "There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative," he said. "Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever."
From my modest point of view I made a selection of my pictures that reminds me this decisive moment of Cartier. I hope you enjoy the selection:
Do you have any pictures that you have taken in decisive moments? Please feel free to share them in the comments! :)
PS: First post in my blog! Hopefully the first of many.