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!