Just watching the video “The Decisive Moment” in which Henri Cartier-Bresson talks of his photography as he clicks through slides…
For me (photography is) a physical pleasure,
doesn’t take much brains.
Take sensitivity, finger and two legs.
(They) say I take great pictures…
it’s seldom you make a great picture.
You have to milk the cow a lot and get a lot of milk,
to make a little cheese, non?
There’s no new ideas in the world! (laughs)
There are only new arrangements of things.
To interest people on far away places,
to shock them and to delight them, is not too difficult.
But the most difficult thing…
is in your own country.
Places where I am all the time, I know too much and not enough.
And to be lucid about it, it is most difficult.
It’s like the last 3 words of Ulysses by Joyce.
‘Yes, Yes, Yes.’
And photography is like that:
‘Yes, Yes, Yes!’
And there’s no maybe’s. All the maybe’s should go to the trash.
Because it is in the instance, it’s the presence, it’s the moment, it stays.
It’s the respect of it, and enjoyment,
it’s a tremendous enjoyment of saying ‘Yes!’
Even when it’s something you hate.
It’s an affirmation.
‘Yes!’ (and clicks)
If you like that, maybe you should add this to your book shelf. Oh, while you are at it, please send me a copy too. I haven’t got one yet!