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Mental image bank

Almond trees

When I had visited Henri Cartier-Bresson’s retrospective exhibition at Ateneum in Helsinki a while ago, I was inspired by his concept of decisive moment and enthusiastic to write about my way of working by seeking decisive moment and building up a mental image bank.

I often walk and explore places and destinations and deliberately avoid taking pictures. Instead of sketching with my camera, I collect mental images, ideas, notions and sketch images in my mind. Many times I find almost ideal moment or subject, but if something is missing I let the image simmer in my mind and wait for the opportune moment and conditions. Sometimes I find myself regretting and fearing that I have lost an unique opportunity, thinking that I should have taken the photo and worked with the material at hand. But quite often, however, I realize that what I have been searching and waiting for will eventually come across and it is almost asking to be photographed. These are my decisive moments and the moments I find myself smiling to the world. Often the planned photograph doesn’t appear when you expect or where you expect nor quite the same way as you were expecting, but this only makes things more exhilarating and surprising.

Photos are from Spain in November 2013. I had traveled in Spain several times before and all these times I had been fascinated by the almond trees and their graphicness and dark trunks. I had been searching for dramatic silhouette and impressive clouds and patternlike landscape of almond tree orchard. Finally, in November 2013, all the pieces fell in to place, and the opportune angle of view was in front of me and the conditions were just about perfect. I had found my decisive moment, and I was able to clear one image from my mental image bank.

Under dark clouds
Almond tree under dark clouds.