Because hunters aren’t cooks: Inspiration from a French master photographer

Written on July 12, 2011 by in Artistry & inspiration

Once the picture is in the box, I’m not all that interested in what happens next. Hunters, after all, aren’t cooks. ~Henri Cartier-Bresson

A man after my own heart… When it comes to photography, I also prefer to hunt the image rather than perfect it during post-processing or printing. For the last year I worked as a wedding photographer, I outsourced all of my Lightroom corrections and it was wonderfully liberating.

Because no quote is complete without imagery, here are a few works by Henri Cartier-Bresson, and a link to an excellent online exhibit.

My personal favorite: Srinagar, 1948. I've seen this at a gallery in Santa Monica and it's breathtaking.


Salamanca, Spain 1963

Eure-et-Loir, 1968

Romania, 1975

Speaking of liberating yourself, how could you implement outsourcing? Is there anything in your business that you could pay someone else to do, in order to make your life easier and to keep you in the creative zone as an artist? Let me know in the comments.


P.s. If you’re wondering where our guest blogger, Tess, is, she is taking a little break due to illness. Sending her lots of positive thoughts for a full and speedy recovery!

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