Thursday, August 17, 2006

Of all means of expression, photography is the only one that fixes forever the precise and transitory instant.

We photographers deal in things that are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished, there is no contrivance on earth that can make them come back again ... for photographers, what has gone is gone forever.

Henri Cartier-Bresson.


Matthew said...

I think poems can too. At least for the writer they can. I guess neither photographs nor poems capture the whole of the moment.

woman wandering said...

I guess the 'whole' moment is about capturing the senses ... sight, smell etc ... and so a photographer is slightly limited.

Poetry ... I wrote a poem once, 'My 5 Senses Remember You'.
:) a small attempt.

Mark J said...

I loved the quote Di. I always thought that as photographers we were recording a kind of personal history. I wonder how true that is now that we "delete" images from our digital camera's with reckless abandon. I know we always have a choice about when we take an image but now we can be even more selective now we can delete them, something we could never do on film.
By the way - congrats on your relaxing day - I loved the feet photo - inspired. Love Mark x

woman wandering said...

Thanks Mark, it was a relaxing day :)

And yes, the ability to delete has already caused problems. I'm heartless about images or words that don't quite make the grade and the delete button is a constant temptation.

I really enjoyed your post on your ski instructor ... must go back and leave a comment.

Mark J said...

I was accused of being a ski snob in that post - I assume that wasnt your work(?), simply because of the "Fight Club" references in the post. Have you ever seen that movie? It's a real mind job, but I believe worth a couple of hours of your time on a rainy day. Anyway look forward to seeing you online soon for a chat. :)

woman wandering said...

No, I actually really liked that post and I'm never anonymous ... oh and I haven't really watched fight club however as we have many rainy days in Belgium, even in summer, I can see viewing it is a possibility.

Talk to you soon :)