“To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.” Henri Cartier-Bresson
I’m busy taking a wonderful online class with Laura Valenti. This quote from famous French photographer, Cartier-Bresson, was used in one of the lessons. Despite my predilection for quote collecting, I had never read this one before. When I first read it, I was stunned as it sums up precisely what photography is for me.
That “great physical and intellectual joy” is so so true for me when I am creating with my camera. This image, from an afternoon of creating with water and color and movement, is a result of that joy.
“Fleeting reality” is also what I work to capture, those moments that are here for a split second and then gone. But then, isn’t that all of life?
I hope you find some joy in those fleeting moments this week.