To Photograph Is to Hold One’s Breath

“To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

When I want inspiration about photography I look to quotes by Henri Cartier-Bresson. The words that stand out in this quote, for me, are: hold one’s breath, fleeting reality, and physical and intellectual joy.

“Whether it is a headshot, a portrait, or a travel photo, the real meaning of photography–that physical and intellectual joy–comes when the convergence of the moment creates an image that takes your breath away.” — Brenda Boyd

“As photographers, we must always remember that when we take camera in hand, we, first, must just be in the moment, and stay in the moment.” — Brenda Boyd



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