Henry Cartier-Bresson was a master.
His photographies were way more than street shots. way more than documental. way more than simple picutres. through his lens, he was able to capture the human nature, their simple yet pungent emotions: love, despair, pain, hope, serenity...
when someone compliment your photo saying 'oh, good mood' or 'wonderful expressions', be sure that it happens, in part, because Bresson placed a standard for the appraisal of such concepts.
He also created the well known decisive moment theory, which, in a simplistic way, is related to the good timing or the right moment to make your statement through the lens when different situations or actions converge in an unique, 'perfect' moment.
Therefore, he is the father of street photography as it is known today. Being a street photographer, it is pretty clear how he influenced me.
It's pretty clear how he influenced almost every photographer, actually.
He was one of the co-founders of Magnum agency, lets not forget that :)
Bresson's photographies hold an unique style. so unique that are recognizable everywhere. He had a strong signature.
I could have taken a picture that would directly resemble Bresson's work: a photography based on his aesthetics, framing the subject near the centre, maybe looking at the camera or doing something directly in front of it. maybe cropping the picture in order to give the old man all his attention...
But I've chosen not to. I don't want to mimic his style. many, many people do. I want to show his emotions as bresson would do. I looked for the right moment. He raised his arms in a gesture of love, sadness and nostalgia, looking straight to this gramophone, as being reminded of the old times. and I shot. and that was the point.