I don’t take nearly enough snapshots of personal stuff. I’m working on fixing that.
A couple of months ago, I attended the Henri Cartier Bresson exhibit at the High Museum of Art. Bresson photographed war torn Europe in the 1930s. He was one of the first to ever use a handheld camera, and he hit the streets with a freedom that few other photographers had known up to that point.
This exhibit motivated me more than anything else has before to document our culture. People on the street, popular clothing styles, the state our economy currently rests. Things will never be the same as they are right now. Even in 5 years, clothing and hair styles will have changed again. I, for one, want to start being conscious of these things and begin documenting these changes, instead of taking them for granted.
Here’s one snapshot I’m particularly happy to share. This photo envelops a variety of things. A country wide road trip coming to a close.. the weather so nasty neither Dan or I wanted to get out of the car to explore. Instead, we made a quick drive thru downtown Chicago while I took a few snapshots through the front windshield of my 2000 pontiac. This is a photo that I had forgotten about, until my husband surprised me two years later by putting it on the front of his new album.
And for those of you with a 7 1/2 minute attention span, here are some inspiring thoughts on this subject from Chase Jarvis.