Venice, Italy, 2009
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Henri Cartier-Bresson most influenced me by teaching me to trust my instincts, to listen to the voice in the back of my head that says â€˜Yes!â€™
He once said, â€œIâ€™m not responsible for my photographs. Photography is not documentary, but intuition, a poetic experience. Itâ€™s drowning yourself, dissolving yourself and then sniff, sniff, sniffâ€”being sensitive to coincidence. You canâ€™t go looking for it; you canâ€™t want it, or you wonâ€™t get it. First you must lose yourself. Then it happens.
This is one of those photographs I barely remember taking. When I looked over the photographs I took that day, there it was. When I am doing street work, I do not think too much about what is in front of me. I try to shoot whatever grabs my attention without analyzing why. Reason kills inspiration.
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