Alignment: a way of life

art that inspires me, museums, photography

“To photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. It’s a way of life.”

~ Henri Cartier-Bresson

Balboa Park, San Diego

My recent trip to San Diego ended with two solid days spent at the museums in Balboa Park, admiring the architecture, and glorying in the sunshine. Inspirations galore, including this quote spotted on a tote bag at the Museum of Photographic Arts!

The exhibit was on Irving Penn, a fashion photographer with a wide range, whose stunning international portraits moved and surprised me.

But I was really happy to come across Henri Cartier-Bresson, a French photographer who essentially pioneered street photography and photojournalism. His work has this intimate blend of art and observation, capturing a moment simply but in a beautifully evocative way. My style, how I show up as a photographer, is I think quite similar. Aligning the eye, head and heart.

It’s good to be reminded of artists who inspire us.

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