Aug 292016
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This is my favourite spot amongst the European larches in Hanmer’s Heritage Forest. I can totally lose myself within these trees in all seasons but especially in autumn. It is calming for the soul.
“Sharpness is a bourgeois concept.”
This quote is attributed to Henri Cartier-Bresson but I could find neither the definitive source nor date.
However I did find the following reportedly by Roger Sen Montero and which referred, on March 14 2005, to an article in Newsweek. I haven’t been able to to verify this.
“Helmut Newton finally saw Cartier-Bresson again last year, when Vanity Fair asked Cartier-Bresson to shoot a portrait of Newton for a portfolio by photographers older than 80. Cartier-Bresson invited Newton and his wife, June (known by her nom de camera, Alice Springs), for lunch at his flat in the rue de Rivoli. Then they walked to a nearby park to take the picture. He had his little Leica, Newton remembers, and he simply would point and shoot. Since Cartier-Bresson’s hand isn’t as steady as it used to be, some of the pictures were a bit fuzzy. Sharpness is a bourgeois concept, he told Newton. Newton sits back and laughs: I thought that was just divine.”

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  5 Responses to “Autumn Impression – Barbara Burry”

  1. I hope you’ll continue to take us back to this favourite spot with your images, Barbara – both sharp and fuzzy.

  2. A classic Barbara.

  3. Thank you both. And yes I can’t stop playing here – both fuzzy and sharp! So I will continue to create in this space

  4. I think of softness when I see this – rather than fuzzy or sharp.

    Love it

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