Peak action has always been an element that I seek. For me I thought it traces back to my roots as a sports photographer but maybe it goes much further back to my interest in the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson. Bresson is viewed as the father of modern photojournalism and in 1952 in proposed “the decisive moment.”
In many of my images that I consider to be very strong there is a visual spontaneity that not only captures the very essence the scene but it halts motion and truly freezes a defining moment in time. I am always seeking to produce images that someone standing next to me would likely interpret in a different way. Energy is important in my life and in my images and freezing or preserving that energy is something that I realize is also quite important to me.
I am reminded of a conversation with Jay Maisel who paraphrased that most photographers can come up with about 40 lifetime images that were all made in an average of 1/500 of a second so their entire life work amounts to less than 1 second.. Obviously he was joking but it does remind us of just how fleeting these moments in time can be.
I remember standing on the roof of my condo in Miami as a rotating thunderstorm came across the beach. The storm was interesting but it was the lightning that bought the image up a notch and also made me realize how dumb it was to be standing with metal cameras on top of the tallest building around…..
Btw if you like these kinds of images check out Eric Meola’s new book – Fierce Beauty. His images of America’s Heartland including Tornado Alley are truly EPIC.
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