Ah… I just love moments when those little pieces of existence collide in that brief fraction of a second and give it all meaning, …blink and it’s gone. That is what the great Cartier Bresson termed a decisive moment and for me it’s what photography is all about and always shall be.
If I had to rescue 10 of my photographs from a fire this image would certainly be one of those I would grab. I’m not entirely sure what makes it so alluring for me, on the surface it is simply a man with an umbrella running across a road on a snowy sleety January day, but as your eye wanders around the picture all those fugitive compositional elements fuse together in what dear old Cartier Bresson would term a decisive moment. The added bonus is the photograph doesn’t give any answers and only asks questions in a similar vein to the images of the great Andre Kertesz. I guess I just got lucky with this one!