Above Jardin des Tuileries
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This was taken with my iPhone through a window on the Paris Eye last year. A chilly and rainy day, I was glad to capture this unexpected view of the garden entrance, a place I know much better in sunshine and from the ground.
Perhaps because it's a picture of Paris it's easy for me to feel the influence of Cartier-Bresson here. But really, whenever I'm photographing on the street, it seems difficult to not be influenced by his work. His compositional style when approaching the city and its inhabitants, the sense of energy he captured of the modern world, the intimacy he had with its people - and all with a small, discreet camera - these are the things about his work that influence me.
I often envy Cartier-Bresson's fortune at being a pioneer in the early days of photography, when photos were still amazing objects, and showed the world as no one had previously seen it. Photos can still have that effect certainly, but how liberating at the time, for both the photographer and the world itself, to see and be imagined in such vivid, emphatic statements.
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