Inspirational People

“To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. It’s a way of life. ” Henri Cartier-Bresson
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We all need role models to motivate and inspire us. In this post I want to tell about the person who have made a difference in my world in a positive way. His work teached me that the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.  I hope you will be inspired  by the godfather of street photography, Henri Cartier-Bresson too.

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Henri Cartier-Bresson lived from 1908 until 2004.  He specialized in a photo journalistic style using 35mm cameras at a time when many of his contemporaries were using view cameras.  Henri set the standard for “reportage.” He thought of photography as a way of life. For almost five decades he used a camera to document life with a camera – but he thought of the camera as a version of painting – which he studied as well.

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Bresson was interested in getting to the action. He traveled the world in search of stories that mattered and was in the middle of some of the biggest stories of his time. Whether it was Africa or the liberation of France during WWII, Bresson made it his business to go places for his photographic endeavors.

He didn’t think about photography as art so much as simple expression of truth. He often spoke badly of “artists” such as Ansel Adams and preferred a journalistic style that counted more on capturing what was happening rather than making it pretty. This has set up what is now the classic division between the masters – those who considered themselves artists and those who considered themselves truth tellers. The battle rages even today.

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I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.
Vincent Van Gogh

There is no doubt, that artistic  people have a different way of looking at the world. The artistic temperament is attuned to color, texture, shading- touch, seeing, and hearing in harmony. Those of the artistic type don’t necessarily need to be famous painters, photographers and sculptors. They can cook and craft great, do yoga in Central Park and dance flamenco in local studio, shoot creative videos and Instagram with their iphones.

I am following plenty of awesome creative Instagram users, whose photos are taking your breath away. Here are the ones that have really impressed me.

 @pinkhassov  – “The power of our Muse lies in her meaninglessness. Even the style can turn one into a slave if one does not run away from it, and then one is doomed to repeat oneself. The only thing that counts is curiosity. For me personally, this is what creativity is about. It will express itself less in the fear of doing the same thing over again than in the desire not to go where one has already been.”

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