#04 Documenting your life: Small Moments vs Big Moments

 Frame from “The Seven Samurai” (1954)

Frame from “The Seven Samurai” (1954)

 Frame from “Yojimbo” (1961)

Frame from “Yojimbo” (1961)

 Frame from “Throne of Blood” (1957)

Frame from “Throne of Blood” (1957)

Illustrations of Akira Kurasawa’s wonderful environmental elements in his cinematic frames.


SMALL MOMENTS

 Harry Callahan’s picture of his wife and daughter, 1954.

Harry Callahan’s picture of his wife and daughter, 1954.

 “Jessie Bites” (1985) one of the many powerful moments captured by Sally Mann of her family. To be fair, however, Mann’s photos are not true “small moments” but fictional accounts of small moments; she works in large format and prepares her shots carefully. For me, still, they inspired a lot of small-moment photography.

“Jessie Bites” (1985) one of the many powerful moments captured by Sally Mann of her family. To be fair, however, Mann’s photos are not true “small moments” but fictional accounts of small moments; she works in large format and prepares her shots carefully. For me, still, they inspired a lot of small-moment photography.

>A few personal examples of my family archive — almost all “Small Moments”

No birthday parties or “smile” — but grumpy and sad kids, joyous moments, sibling conflicts, peaceful reveries, and even sick midnight vigils…


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