UNIT 29 AND 30: homeless people idea research: Henri Cartier-Bresson

Above is a mood board I have made on Pinterest. The board is centred on Henri Cartier-Bresson’s work because his work is mainly documentary photography. I am looking at Henri Cartier-Bresson work for homeless people because Bresson’s work is very old and people being homeless has been around for a long time so the two link.

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Above is an image by Henri Cartier-Bresson. I like this shot because of the reflection in the puddle. I like the reflection because the timing required to capture this moment. The timing I find is important when it comes to documentary photography because the timing is what makes the image. I don’t like how the person is not facing us because I think it takes way from the image. I do like how the person is not facing us because I think it gives the impression of the person is late for something. I wish the person was more central because it will make the person more of the main focus of the image. Due to the person being on the right, they don’t become the main focus of the image therefore this gives me the impression the person isn’t important. When making my own documentary images I will focus on getting the timing right because it will help improve my outcomes.

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Above is an image by Henri Cartier-Bresson. I like this image because of how the boy on the left is portrayed as a policeman because it shows how timing is important when it comes to documentary photography. I also like how Bresson has captured the smoke coming of the toy gun because it gives the impression the boy in the background has been shot. I also like this image because it makes me laugh. The image makes me laugh because of how the image has been composed. Composition is another important aspect of documentary photography because composition can help exaggerate the meaning of the image. When I am doing my own documentary photography I will focus on the composition because composition along with timing can massively improve my documentary photography.

Below is a book with Henri Cartier-Bresson’s work in. The book is called Tete A Tete. There wasn’t many images from the book I like. There was only one image which I liked and fit what I was looking for.

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I like this image because of how relaxed the person is. I like this relaxed feel to the person because it makes the image feel relaxed. I also like how the person is in a environment which he is normally in because it gives the viewer a sense of what the person is like.  I would like to include this effect in to my own documentary images because I think this will add to my own images. If I were to improve this image I would try to increase the brightness on his face because I find he lost in the background. When doing my own documentary image I will make sure this doesn’t happen to me because I want to make sure the person is the main focus of the image. I want to do this because it gives the viewer something to focus on.

I think the audience for everyone for Bresson’s work because there is no mature topics in his work. I think the audience being everyone is good for Bresson because it will appeal to a wider audience. I personally don’t want to target this audience because it is to general. I want to target teenagers because I know how to target teenagers because I am a teenager.

In conclusion looking at Henri Cartier-Bresson’s work has given me inspiration when it comes to making my own documentary photography. The inspiration I have is composition because when I was looking at Bresson’s work I noticed composition plays a massive part in documentary photography. Looking at Bresson’s work has given me the idea of targeting an everyone audience because of how his work is targeting an everyone audience.

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