Life is once, forever
Last year I watched a documentary about legendary French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. An audio track of his voice recorded in 1973 played while his iconic black and white images flashed across the screen.
One passage really struck a chord with me, both in terms of photography and life in general.
“But life is very fluid; sometimes the pictures disappeared, and there’s nothing you can do. You can’t tell the person, ‘Oh, please smile again. Do that gesture again.’ Life is once, forever.”
Sadly, my life is a little too busy to be standing around with a Leica Rangefinder watching the world go by. Yet I want to capture my daily life, photograph my children and the places I visit.
I used to feel guilty that I didn’t always have my Nikon DSLR with me. The only camera I had on me was the one on my iPhone, but that was just for convenience, for fun. Mobile photography is not a serious form of photography… or is it?
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