Imitation 2

Paula challenged us last Thursday with Imitation, and I chose to show my imitation of a Jane Bown self portrait.

Meg, at Snippets and Snaps, suggested I should do some more Imitations, so this has sparked today’s post.

Today, my imitation won’t be an imitation of a specific photograph, but more of a style – Henri Cartier-Bresson is my target.

Cartier-Bresson pioneered street photography, and spoke of capturing the decisive moment. I have long admired his monochrome images., the way he captured people as they went about their lives, and frequently that single person captured in a pool of light, shadows around them.

So, see what you make of my attempts – click on an image to start a slideshow




  1. Nicely done, Sue. My two favorites are the top left and top middle.


  2. Love them all, but my fave is Erice…..

  3. You are GOOD at this 🙂

    • Sue

      Oh, thank you, Jude! That’s made my day, as I have some challenges at present which are getting me down a tad…. Big thank you hugs coming your way!

  4. Eleazar

    Excellent, Henri Cartier Bresson is also a source of inspiration for me! Great to see that I’m not the only one 😀

  5. Definite shades of HCB there, Sue. Some ‘decisive moments’ indeed.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  6. I like the street scene in Erice, Sue. To me it seems timeless.

  7. Each of these human figures makes perfect sense in your frames. I have seen some of his work, and yes, I can see resemblance. I will link to this too even though it is in beautiful monochrome. 🙂 Thank you for leading me here, Sue.

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  9. You’re a whizz! 🙂 🙂 Love Erice! For some reason it speaks to me of Hemingway. And I like the couple in Cordoba very much too. Sorry I’m a bit slow getting here. Working on tomorrow’s walk.

  10. Lovely – and I adore Erice!

  11. I’m glad you did this post: there’s a different feel to these from the Ones you post for some reason. And I love the concept of the “decisive moment.” I think the bottom too are most in the spirit of the master as channelled by you.

  12. Laura Bloomsbury

    its a great series Sue and inspirational to aspire to the greats – HCB said “Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation.” – and that is what you have here especially in the moving shots – 1 & 3

    • Sue

      Thanks, Andy! I need to have another play with the second to bottom image – it was originally a colour slide, and as a student I converted it to black and white using lith film….the digitised version (from the transparency) has ended up a bit ‘muddy’, and I haven’t yet recreated the stark lith effect

  13. Very nice Black and Whites Sue!

    • Sue

      Many thanks, Adrian! Which work best in your opinion?

      • I really love the narrow streets with the people Sue. As a landscape photographer predominantly, I’ve spent a good deal of time avoiding people in my photographs but I’m beginning to realise that people really do add, rather than detract. That said, the masses that now mob the must see sights in Iceland really do detract. 🙂

      • Sue

        As a rule, I prefer to have locals populating my images, but occasionally tourists do appear, as in the third image…but never in their hordes!

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