These street photos perfectly illustrate what the Decisive Moment is

Mar 7, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

These street photos perfectly illustrate what the Decisive Moment is

Mar 7, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Sometimes, a great photo is all about the Decisive Moment. In his work, Oslo-based photographer Pau Buscató illustrates exactly what it means. He takes photos in the streets of different cities, capturing amazing, once-in-a-lifetime coincidences. With a great eye for details and perfect timing, Pau creates amusing photos you don’t see every day.

Pau was born in Barcelona but he is currently based in Oslo, where he moved in 2009. Despite living in Norway for nine years now, he takes photos in cities all over the world: London, New York, and his hometown Barcelona being only some of them.

The project Pau named Hopscotch is a result of four years of street photography. As he tells Colossal, he likes to work in street photography in a way that isn’t very project-friendly. The artist explains that he doesn’t like to narrow his vision down to a certain theme, but he rather stays open to anything that he might find interesting.

In case the road takes you to Oslo in fall 2018, Pau has a solo exhibition Hopscotch at gallery Fotografiens Hus. But if you live in a country far, far away, you can enjoy Pau’s work online on his website Instagram, and Flickr. Take a look at more photos below.

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6 responses to “These street photos perfectly illustrate what the Decisive Moment is”

  1. Arthur_P_Dent Avatar
    Arthur_P_Dent

    I don’t think that’s what Cartier-Bresson meant by the decisive moment.

    1. Joseph Avatar
      Joseph

      Agreed.

  2. stewart norton Avatar
    stewart norton

    I like these shots but i’m always a bit cynical about these “perfect moment” shots some of them look real but in some the coinicidences just seem to good to be true and to me at least i think a certain degree of staging has taken place, either that of this guys is either very lucky or is out walking the streets 24-7 for get these shots ;-)

    1. VSB Avatar
      VSB

      Not only staging but in quite a few, I think the color was changed to match certain elements. For example, the cane and the yellow line on the pavement and the box and the taxicab. Still, they’re fun to look at and that shot of the dog is terrific!

  3. SKK Avatar
    SKK

    I think these photos are wonderful. This is exactly what Cartier-Bresson meant by the decisive moment. You think some of these were setups? Wasn’t it wonderful how he got the pigeon to fly in the exact spot in the last photo? I think if one looks enough, they will see. Maybe one should start looking.

    1. Rob Avatar
      Rob

      SOME are obvious setups or edited. Not all. For example, of the first three photos (dog, man with yellow walking behind car with missing paint, cane at crosswalk) it’s almost certain that the car and man carrying yellow color were color enhanced/modified in Photoshop. Edits like this somewhat betray the concept of the Decisive Moment. The two photos with color edits would be stronger examples without the edits (or shown in b&w).

      Per Cartier-Bresson’s book (translated), “To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression.”

      The bird photo you mention IS a good example of the Decisive Moment. Of all the photos, the bird, dog, and the magazine-over-shadow, are the photos that I think best exemplify the Decisive Moment concept. The rest seem (to me) to illustrate a mis-understanding of the concept by it’s author.