I love the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, but then who does not. While most of his contemporaries were looking for frames in the grandest of locales, in the biggest of events, Cartier-Bresson roamed the streets and captured common people doing what they do every day. Even after he gained fame, he kept walking the back streets between assignments. To capture those precious moments.
Cartier-Bresson once said ‘Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again’. We, as travellers encounter these fleeting moments much more regularly but luckily in our case, we can capture that moment in a frame to be enjoyed later over a cup of coffee maybe.
These moments, encapsulated in the photographs we take, are a wonderful means of escape. You never know when an old photograph triggers a long-lost memory or reminds you of a long-lost person. The idea of Lonely Planet’s Best Travel Photo Contest was borne out of this very idea. We believe that every photograph has a story behind it, some apparent in the photograph itself, while other might be hidden in the circumstance.
Share these photos with us and while you do that tell us your stories. Chances are that as you travel during this festive season you will have many chance encounters with that proverbial ‘moment’. My request is, send your moments to us and share what made them so special. And on top of that, a grand prize of Rs 25,000 does not hurt!
Bodhisattva Sen Roy is the Digital Editor of Lonely Planet India. When he is not helping people travel, he can be found on some remote Himalayan road, riding away on his motorcycle. Many of his travel (mis)adventures can be read here.