• May 31, 2013

    photo friday :: 2

    above all, I craved to seize the whole essence, in the confines of one single photograph, of some situation that was in the process of unrolling itself before my eyes. – henri cartier-bresson

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    vivian maier. there are a million and one I could choose from in her prolific collection of street photography. I had to break my one-photo rule. and yet. they still don’t do justice to the depth of my love for her.

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    she snuck up on life and captured it. for better or worse. she didn’t change it. didn’t frame it or light it or position it. she just snapped a shot of life in motion. and in her photos, she revealed the extraordinariness of the ordinary world.

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    on my good days, I almost feel as though I could do it too. photograph everyday life. if I paid more attention. if I looked harder and with clearer eyes and were not always only thinking about my to do list. if I were brave enough to walk up to strangers and capture a little piece of their world that is at once different and the same from my own.

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    maybe that’s really the crux of it. courage. I just need to be a bit braver. like vivian.

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    *all photos courtesy of vivianmaier.com (you know I am DYING to see that documentary.)



    2 Responses

    1. Stacey says:

      Love this post, and these photos. I find it so hard to capture moments and enjoy them at the same time… that’s probably why we have so few family photos!

      • carriehorton says:

        Stacey, that IS such a hard thing! Sometimes I have to make an intentional choice NOT to bring my camera so that I can be fully present in the moment. My friend sent me this great article on “savoring” life that you might like even more than I did because it’s specifically geared towards mothers. We live in an interesting world where we really can capture every single thing if we really want to…but sometimes we can tend to edit our life and our memories through those photos. It’s an interesting place to be in. http://www.washingtoninst.org/4534/dont-savor-every-moment/

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