What does it take to create an image? For me the answer to the question is a combination of three things: moment, Light and composition. There are some occasions where a moment alone can carry an image but typically to have a "decent" image you need all three. Every time I raise the camera to my eye I go through my checklist. Is there a moment? Where is the light? If there is a moment is there time to find the perfect composition? If there is nice light will a moment happen in the light? Do I wait at the light? Am I ready to act when the light and moment come together? Are there patterns, leading lines, shapes? Will viewers feel the vibe of the place, and be drawn to the image etc, etc?
Below are photos from a Neighborhood Joint story for The New York Times where I used my formula of searching for moments, light, and composition.
What is your approach to creating? What do you look for in a photo? What motivates you to raise the camera? Let me know in the comments below!
Photos taken for The New York Times