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First You Must Lose Yourself

“Photography is not documentary, but intuition, a poetic experience. It’s drowning yourself, dissolving yourself and then sniff, sniff, sniff – being sensitive to coincidence. You can’t go looking for it; you can’t want it, or you won’t get it. First you must lose yourself. Then it happens.” (Henri Cartier-Bresson)

It’s interesting to find quotes from photographers that relate to, as far as I can tell, Zen philosophy – I’ve seen Henri Cartier-Bresson described as a “Buddhist in flux”. Perhaps photography naturally brings us closer to this state of “Zen”, the not-being, not-judging, not-wanting, of pushing deliberate thought and purpose aside for the ability to truly be in the moment. It’s certainly true for me.

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4 thoughts on “First You Must Lose Yourself”

  1. Wonderful image and quote. When I am really connecting with my surroundings photographing certainly becomes a zen-like experience. Those are the moments I love best!


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