“It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson.
Street photography relies upon the “decisive moment” as defined by Henri Cartier-Bresson, arguably the most famous practitioner of the genre. In this picture the red hijab focuses us upon the woman’s expression leaving little to doubt about her emotional state. The hard cold steel wall can be seen as a symbol of entrapment and impersonal confinement while working as strong visual background. Captured as she enters a beam of light while pushing her child in a stroller this decisive moment allows us to reflect upon the fear and persecution so many people must endure. Most of them women.
Photograph © Hank Hauptmann
Whitechapel, London • www.hankhauptmann.com
Also published on Medium.