Project Three :: Sense of Anticipation


“Photography is not like painting. There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera.”

– Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1957

Images á la Sauvette (The Decisive Moment)


Photo Credit


The holiday season brings forth a great deal of emotion and sweat.

Anticipation marks the close of another year and expectations have been set.

There are presents to be bought and deadlines to be met.

High exposure to others can cause turbulence, agitation beget.

But when it’s all said and done, relinquish your regret.

Your objective for this project is to capture Cartier-Bresson’s decisive moment.



Read up on the notion of anticipation in photography. As both Dan Bailey and Paul Kerins depict, there is an art to photography that stems from the ability to capture a photograph at the exactly right moment. With the holiday spirit in full swing, there is a lot of energy in the air. Many moments will present themselves, but only few will be caught. For this assignment, you’re job is to be aware or this, and snap a shot that displays a sense of anticipation.

This moment can be defined however you see fit. Justify your take with a single line, mentioning the time and location, as well as context of your shot.

Resources & Inspiration: 

Power of Anticipation — Dan Bailey

Anticipating the Decisive Moment — Paul Kerins


Assignment Due:: Sunday, December 23rd

Posted in Air, Clouds, Places, Projects, Winter

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