Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Of Decisive Moments in Black and White

Les Soldes, Hiver 2012

Henri Cartier-Bresson (one of my photography heroes) called it 'the decisive moment'.


'nuff said.

Yours in black and white bliss,
leslie

9 comments:

Elizabeth Eiffel said...

I love stopping by for some photographic inspiration. I spent the day playing with my camera and its settings only to be disappointed by the outcomes. Oh well.....tomorrow is another day!

la fourchette said...

Elizabeth Eiffel, merci! I have a mild aversion to all the bells and whistles on my slr and need a new one to kick up the megapixels...but I'm dragging my feet with all the fun I'm having with the iPhone! I'll buckle and get a new slr but in the meantime...woohoooo! (and from where I'm seeing, you have many successful outcomes when you play!)

donna said...

i understand the concept of the decisive moment in photography......there is also a kind of decisive moment when drawing or painting.....i would decide to veer off in one direction or another and many times the decision would either "make or break" the image....a little different than in photography...but still a decisive moment

leslie said...

Leslie, I'm really enjoying all the black and white photographs. I used to only shoot b&w. I've been inspired by your pics to get back to it.

la fourchette said...

donna, is there also a decisive moment in painting? i always thought that was more fluid than an actual moment captured on film. the only decisive moment that mattered during this particular saturday at les soldes was that i purchased those two pieces right after i clicked that shot! wooohooo!

leslie, merci! I also used to shoot only black and white. All of my expositions and gallery work were a black and white images...my absolute top favorite to shoot and to see. I made the decision to return to what I love as the year shifted. I'm really pleased I did. I can feel the old creative juices stirring again!

Anonymous said...

Leslie, the new black and white format is beautifully artistic , but I find the bright white on the severe black quite hard to read. I do love the black and white photos.

Emily

donna said...

in one sense there is a fluidity to painting....but when you decide to for instance use a certain color, or shape, many times you are forced to work with what you just put down.....and many times it's not what you want or envisioned......the decisive moment decided for you what direction your painting will go.....i have abandoned many a work for this reason.....

la fourchette said...

I'm having a good laugh at myself over today's post: I had this entire post written last night that was actually great fun and though still circling the Cartier-Bresson's 'decisive moment', it was clear what was going on...then, this morning in some sort of artistic moment equivalent to crumbling up one's previous night's work into a little ball and heading back to the drawing board...err...keyboard to streamline things, I cut it back to what you see today...but in doing so I missed something very important: that first line is the key:

les soldes, hiver 2012 is the French semi-annual ritual of the 'muthah-of-all-sales'!

That photograph - my new shirt and jacket. The decisive moment: just before I snapped this shot, when I was crystal clear that the three of us were going to live happily ever after!

la fourchette said...

Emily, thanks...and the font should be more on the grey side for that very reason! I know it loads differently on different monitors depending on calibration. I wish I could do more...if I go to the next shade down in my choices it's too dark...zut! Let me think about it and see what I come up with. Thanks so much for the feedback.

donna, ahhhh...yes, i see. i always imagined that abandoning a painting in which one has invested such time and toil would be really difficult...even if you can paint over the canvas to recycle...still...that's gotta be tough!

Late here...bonne nuit à tous!
leslie

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