A moment in Valencia

In homage to Henri Cartier-Bresson, my greatest hero of photography, I try to take photos showing the fortuitous blending of human activities into what seems to be a “decisive moment.” (I of course don’t pretend to approach Cartier-Bresson’s skill, and, unlike his, most of my “moments” are accidents.)

I did one of these photos in St. Petersburg, and here’s one I took two weeks ago in Valencia, Spain (click to enlarge):

Or, as the master himself would have done it (his greatest photos are in black and white, taken with a small rangefinder Leica):

I have a ton of photos from Spain, including of course many food photos. ┬áLater this week I’ll post about the great paellas of Valencia, and about the fantastic market there.

6 Comments

  1. Dominic
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 4:41 am | Permalink

    Looks like there was rain in Spain!

    • daveau
      Posted December 5, 2011 at 10:03 am | Permalink

      That pains me in the brain.

      • daveau
        Posted December 5, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

        Mainly.

  2. Toni Clark
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    Love it. And look forward to the food photos! I always photograph all my meals in France. :)

  3. RFW
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    Go visit Georgia (Sakartvelo) and give us a long, detailed report on the many interesting dishes comprising Kartvelian cuisine.

    As a biologist, I’d be particularly grateful if you keep your eyes open for evidence identifying the somewhat mysterious “mountain spices” one sees references to in discussions of Kartvelian food.

  4. jwthomas
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    You have a good eye and I like the color photo. But just because Cartier-Bresson shot with B&W film doesn’t mean you will improve your digital pictures by changing them to B&W in a computer. C-B used
    B&W partly from long habit, partly because at the time there was no color film available fast enough to shoot at high speeds in low light conditions. His shots could be improved in a darkroom, altering the relationship among whites, blacks and grays, and by printing on high quality print paper with a printer whose exposure time could be regulated.

    Your color shot is much more alive than the
    B&W alteration, where a very white scarf draws attention away from the rest of the picture, which is a tangle of muddy grays. If you insist on using a digital camera stick with color and become more aware how color as an element affects your picture. Study this picture carefully and consider why you think it worked well enough to show on your web site.
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