133 The Decisive Moment
You tell a joke, the listener explodes in laughter, and you enjoy that fleeting moment when their enjoyment is at its peak, not only for the fact that you’ve given some pleasure, but you also enjoy that extreme gesture.
You’re watching your favorite sport on TV, or in person. A player seems to “hang in air” or snatch a ball that looks out of reach. It has taken a superhuman effort and you wish you could have a still photo of that extreme or perhaps be able to sketch it. If you were sketching, you would attempt to capture that “extreme” and of course would have to rely on a memorized “first impression” for the extreme only lasts for a split second.
Henri Cartier-Bresson, photojournalist and documentary photographer, was ...