“A photograph is neither taken or seized by force. It offers itself up. It is the photo that takes you. One must not take photos.”
— Henri Cartier-Bresson
In its simplest form, photography is the result of one slightest movement. A photograph is born the moment the shutter is pressed. It’s that easy. The desired subject stands in front of the camera – click – and it’s done, the image is captured.
A good photograph, however, is taken when other elements are incorporated within the shot before that shutter button is depressed, – such as the correct light, the perfect distance, the intentional depth of field.
But then there is that special, lasting photograph – one that is taken not only when the appropriate technical elements fall in place, but also the mood of the occasion, the emotion of it and the subject, is invisibly woven into the mix. And that indefinable something is not a quality that any photographer can summon or command at will – it just happens. It’s subtle, not really quantifiable, but when it’s there, you will recognize it for what it is – a moment stolen from time itself.