Can you hear it? Dinah Washington's inimitable crisp voice, "What a diff'rence a day makes, twenty-four little hours." The song is pretty self-explanatory, but what's the application here? Well, this past Saturday was the first photography workshop that I've led. It was street photography in particular. It was a fun, and stressful at times, but definitely a learning experience as I move forward in the photo biz. I was especially thrilled with the student portfolio so check it out if you feel like it. Anyhow, I joined the class and did some shooting too.
I say all this by way of introduction: Introduction to an idea we spoke of in the theory and discussion portion of the class. Namely, Bresson's The Decisive Moment.
Now, I wish I could say that the images that we will be looking at were as well thought out as Bresson's quote would indicate, but no, this was not the case. The overall game plan was there, but my mind was most intent on capturing expression. Here's how I see theelements of Bresson's notion in this encounter.
- Recognition of event: Specifically, a face that carried with it stories. Not only that, but a face that was generous with his time and wisdom, willing to talk to a stranger...which is nothing other than a potential friend.
- Recognition of forms: To be further discussed below, but in general, the angles by which my camera's line of view met the gentleman's countenance. This, of course, to emphasize and convey various moods.
- Fractions of seconds: The images below were taken in close chronology. Should I have shared all the images I took you would see something more like a filmstrip, more continuity. The point being, there are real differences from moment to moment, and even if subtle realities, they can alter the perception quite a bit. Excursus: By the way, if I'm right about the previous sentiment, then perception does not equal reality.
Let's take a look at the images, and what a difference a second makes (or at least a few seconds). Please note that they are shown in chronological order, and more importantly, the man's name is Johnny.
Thanks, Johnny, for sharing a few seconds with me. They made a difference!