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April 15, 2014

Pendleton Art Center
Ashland, Kentucky

The Pendleton recently hosted the opening of a children's art show and I photographed this on the wall of an art studio.  This is the tintype-style of filter offered by the Hipstamatic.

Yesterday I was reading the transcript of an old interview with Henri Cartier-Bresson, which was originally part of an old filmstrip project intended for school children I believe.  (If you remember filmstrips, then we are kindred souls I believe, when in school I coveted days when we would be shown filmstrip presentations).  Henri was addressing the aspects of a good photograph, remarking that the joy of a photograph for him was in the geometry, not so much for shooting structure, lines, and curves, but more so in having the composition of the photograph arranged in a pleasing manner to him.  Once at the local camera club, a portrait photographer made a remark that many good photographs were actually a play on triangles with even the face being a relationship of the eyes and the chin. .  Here is the link to part 1 of interview and here is the link to part 2 article, be sure to click on the full screen link of part 2 which will display a short slideshow of Cartier-Bresson images.   Henri's actual words:

"The greatest joy for me is geometry; that means a structure.
You can’t go shooting for structure, for shapes, for patterns
and all this, but it is a sensuous pleasure, an intellectual
pleasure, at the same time to have everything in the right
place. It’s a recognition of an order which is in front of you."

 Henri Cartier-Bresson, 'There are no maybes'