A lot has been written on the best moment for a photo – aptly coined by Henri Cartier-Bresson as “The Decisive Moment”. I don’t want to get into a philosophical discussion or on the general validity of the term. Here I just want to present two photos that I am not only very happy with but also capture a fleeting moment that may not have been there ten or thirty seconds later.
The first picture was taken just before Nuremberg main railway station. I’d already taken a few pictures before this one but the position of the people caught my eye. Everyone is preoccupied with something. One man is watching who is coming up the path. A second man is most probably rolling a cigarette. A third is drinking from a bottle. A woman is for whatever reason touching her face and being embraced at the same time by another woman.
The idea for the second picture occurred to me at least 30 seconds before I took it. A man on the train and someone outside his window are eating something from a kiosk. The best would have been had I taken the shot when both were biting into whatever it is they are eating. In the end one was chewing and the other biting. You can’t have everything.
The reader is invited to say whether these pictures fulfil the category of a “decisive moment”?!