Rebel with a cause: Photography 101 en France

Boulevard Diderot, Paris, 1968 -- Henri Cartier-Bresson

The French photographer and father of modern photojournalism Henri Cartier-Bresson said that “photography is only intuition, a perpetual interrogation – everything except a stage set.”  Although here in France it seems that everything is already perfectly staged just as it is, he makes a point I think many people take for granted.  Photography is so much more than just snapping a photo to capture a moment.  To me, it is more about feeling the moment, and really considering how best I can reproduce — with one click — the collage of emotions the moment contains.

I’m an amateur photographer, don’t get me wrong.  I look at professional photos with more than just awe.  I’m filled also with passion and desire and a little envy.

This summer, with my point-and-shoot finally on its way out, I knew I had to come to France equipped with something that would only encourage my passion and desire (and alleviate some of my envy!) for great photos.  With a little help from David Lebovitz — celebrated pastry chef and self-taught food photographer, and a lot of help from Nico, I decided on the Canon Rebel T1i.

David’s right: the Rebel is awesome because it is relatively compact and light, but its features are extensive.  (And it’s going to take me a while to figure them all out…)  It’s a great camera, and last weekend, when Nico’s family was all together and the weather was perfect, I took some of my favorite photos that I’ve ever shot.  The best ones are the candids, as Cartier-Bresson would have preferred: based on my own intuition.

Here are just a few!




Satine and her foal


Filed under Inspiration, Photography

3 responses to “Rebel with a cause: Photography 101 en France

  1. Your images are wonderful.

    Digital makes getting to know your equipment so much easier and cost effective. We used to have to practice with film, pay to have it developed and remember, or take notes, on what the settings where….now it’s instant gratification! Enjoy and have fun.

  2. Donna Gouveia

    Hi Emily:
    Hope you are well. Enjoyed your photographs and your writing.
    Keep in touch and be well.
    Mrs. Gouveia

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