Thursday, August 27, 2009

TimeFrames: A Tribute to Henri Cartier-Bresson

Just recently, I stumbled across the Calumet TimeFrames project: a sporadic call for entries based on a chosen theme resulting in a slide show on the website. The latest edition, dated 8/22/09, was based on the 101st anniversary of the birth of Henri Cartier-Bresson, the "father of photojournalism" and the man who coined the "decisive moment."

Contributors were asked: "What image of yours best captures the decisive moment?"

I submitted 9705: one of my very first successful photographs, created in my senior year of high school. I was sitting in traffic on my way home from school one afternoon, with my Nikon manual film camera in tow, when I snapped this shot. It wasn't until after processing and printing the image that I recognized the repetition of shapes and objects, broken up by the car pulling out onto the road. This photograph led to the creation of a portfolio of work, based on reflections.

9705 is included in the first video on the TimeFrames website, near the end. Check out the project and look for the next call for entries.

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