The Decisive Moment in Lomographs

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When legendary street photographer and photojournalist Henri Cartier-Bresson imparted his influential concept of the “decisive moment,” in a gist, he was telling about the importance of pressing the shutter at the right time. It takes time and practice to perfect this technique, but some of our lomographers have managed to land some shots that would make Cartier-Bresson proud!

The term “decisive moment” seems intimidating and daunting at first, but thankfully, photojournalist and street photography legend Henri Cartier-Bresson left us with many lessons on tackling that challenge of pressing the shutter at just the right moment. Among these is the quote below:

“Think about the photo before and after, never during. The secret is to take your time. You mustn’t go too fast. The subject must forget about you. Then, however, you must be very quick. So, if you miss the picture, you’ve missed it.”

Schooled in Cartier-Bresson’s doctrine or not, some of our fellow lomographers have made attempts to capture perfectly-timed shots that were met with success:

Credits: weihsuan, vicuna, tyler_durden, tommynorth, lomosexual_manboy, alexroarsatlyons, crojasvives, libellule, plasticpopsicle, icuresick, npkishi, stephen73, filby, emilios, undiscovered, earlybird, tracyvmoore, orangebird, kiri-girl, rubia81, lawypop, unknownsoldier, hodachrome, mczoum & nadinadu

Of course, we can’t leave out the snaps of our fellow lomographers who won the Decisive Moment Rumble last year:

Credits: nacho, am & lamp

Great job, guys! I’m sure Henri Cartier-Bresson would be proud.

Do you also have some lomographs taken at just the right moment? Share them with us and leave a comment below!

written by plasticpopsicle on 2013-11-21 #lifestyle #lomography #analogue-lifestyle #decisive-moment #gallery-post #perfect-timing


  1. lonur
    lonur ·

    Wow! Great selection!

  2. lonur
    lonur ·

    Not a great shot, but definitely a decisive moment:…

  3. plasticpopsicle
  4. plasticpopsicle
    plasticpopsicle ·

    Wow @lonur, nice sequential catch! :)

  5. lonur
    lonur ·

    Cheers, @plasticpopsicle

  6. plasticpopsicle
    plasticpopsicle ·

    @lonur Cheers, mate! :D

  7. radleyroo
    radleyroo ·

    I couldn't afford a proper waterproof case so I just bought a couple of Kodak waterproof disposables. They were great fun and I didn't worry about ruining my LCA here's a couple of pics, not great by any means but fun to capture in the moment and

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