Life is always moving just as we are, and within mere milliseconds, I just want to frame and capture that "decisive moment," as HCB so eloquently put it. Henri Cartier-Bresson, considered one of the founding fathers of "street photography," with the likes of Robert Doisneau, Robert Frank, Daido Moriyama, and Gary Winogrand (just to name a few), has been a huge inspiration for many photographers around the world. "Street Photography" is still a relatively new field of photography. Less than eighty years old, it is by my own definition, an unadulterated, candid, & honest replication of reality. It preserves the times and spirit of an era, and that is why I am still so fascinated with the photographs from the mid-1950s. It makes me wonder how much the world will change fifty years from now, and how we will view a place like Seoul then. Though many argue that the digital realm can be manipulated and "falsified" through post-processing work, I believe the image itself can convey a multitude of emotions; from happiness, sadness, to love, hate, and life and death. By having a journalistic approach to street photography, we can bring these emotions back to life from that single image.
"We must place ourselves and our camera in the right relationship with the subject, and it is in fitting the latter into the frame of the viewfinder that the problems of composition begin. This recognition, in real life, of a rhythm of surfaces, lines, and values is for me the essence of photography; composition should be a constant preoccupation, being a simultaneous coalition – an organic coordination of visual elements. Composition does not just happen; there must be a need for expression, and substance cannot be divorced from form." - Henri Cartier-Bresson - February 22, 1968.
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