The Decisive Moment

The Decisive Moment

The decisive moment is a book and concept developed by the pioneer of street photography Henri Cartier-Bresson. This concept relates with the snap of life decisions as it contains perhaps the most valuable information to speak of photography. The decisive moment relies on the ability to snap a picture by recognizing an organic alignment of compositional ingredients, never to be repeated again. With the photographer’s eye perpetually evaluating the quality of moment, a shift with the photographer’s head can bring coincidences in line with just a few millimeters.

However arguable, it may be recognized that one’s ability to create these moments in time, separate good photography from bad.

If photography is the registered memory of a decision in one’s eye, what would happen if we turn the camera on ourselves?

Not referring to selfies, envision this kind of recording to be an introspection instead. An advantageous aspect in the ability to see this concept as reflection, will follow the ability to see it in real time. After all, photography is a recognition of the rhythm in the real world of things.

This introspective meditation may be recognized as “spirit” being photographer. The skill it takes to calculate and finesse an order of events to create a desired picture lay in one’s self-understanding. This understanding comes from the recognition and acceptance for personal nature. What do we truly want? What are you here for? What are your motivations? What sort of communications are you radiating in the universe that might bring about your desired state?

Motivations are communications, shifts with your photographer’s head, then you are presented with decisions to click the shutter with your actions-that speak louder than words, so you have heard. These communications provide the coalition of events that inevitably create a bigger picture.