From The Editor — October 17, 2012 at 10:03 am

Are you brave enough to shoot outside on a rainy day?

I’m going to be honest here, I don’t think I have any photos in my collection that include rain falling from the sky, or even wet streets. Living in Canada, unless it’s summer, when it rains, it’s cold, and I have always been a big fan of warm and cozy spots, like fireplaces, fuzzy blankets and hot chocolate. Hmm Christmas is comingggg.

But back to what I was saying… I feel like a fraud calling myself a photographer and not having any rainy photos in my collection! When I was in photography school, professors would encourage us to get out there at night and take some shots of the city all dewy and shiny from the October rain, and I carried my camera everywhere with me, so believe me I tried, but I tried while running in and out of buildings for warmth, haha.

If street photography isn’t your thing, maybe planning a fashion shoot in the rain could make for a better outcome. I think that’s what I was missing all along, because street photography doesn’t just happen, you have to hunt for it. I have infinite respect for photographers like Cartier-Bresson, who capture that perfect moment, the “decisive moment”. Those moments always eluded me, but I wasn’t willing to wait for them either.

I don’t think I will ever stop talking about Cartier-Bresson’s work. His photographs were some of my first inspiration, and still are to this day. If you want to read more about Henri Cartier-Bresson, there is a lengthy blog about his  Moma Exhibit a couple years ago, and his life and works on this website.

Some work from Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Now for some more current inspiration… if you have any good models on speed-dial (who still has speed-dial?), then I suggest you call them up for a rain date with your camera.

Photos from: tomaas.com and google

 

 

 

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