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Naples – Photo Tip

In street photography, it's all about the decisive moment

Photo by Ton Koene

Naples – Photo Tip In street photography, it's all about the decisive moment

When Henri Cartier-Bresson, the godfather of street photography, talked about “the decisive moment," he said that sometimes it would be spontaneous but other times he had to be patient and wait for it.

Ton Koene
Ton Koene Travel Photographer

On assignment for TRVL in Naples, I walked for days, trying to capture moments that often lasted for only a few seconds. When I saw this couple kissing on Piazza Dante, it did not cross my mind to take a photograph. One can see people kissing on almost every Italian street corner. But when the elderly couple came along, I rushed closer to grab a shot. I had to be fast as I was ten meters away but I also had to be careful as my presence could easily spoil the scene.

I could only take one picture before the moment was gone when they all noticed me. Because I had to rush, I am not happy with the composition. I should have pointed my camera more to the left and downwards. But you can’t always have it the way you want in street photography. The content of the image is more important.

The way this man looks at the couple is fascinating. Does he find their behavior offensive? Or is he jealous? Perhaps he was just pleased to find love around him. Who knows? It is a moment that would have been gone forever if I had not taken the picture.

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The crowded Spanish Quarters were originally created to house troops of the occupying force after Naples fell under Spanish rule in 1501. The city was also occupied by Napoleon in the early 19th century before joining Garibaldi's united Italy in 1860. Photo by Ton Koene

Ton Koene

Ton Koene

Canon EOS 5D-III

Aperture
ƒ/7.1
Exposure
1/125
ISO
200
Focal
24 mm

The crowded Spanish Quarters were originally created to house troops of the occupying force after Naples fell under Spanish rule in 1501. The city was also occupied by Napoleon in the early 19th century before joining Garibaldi's united Italy in 1860.

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