Bresson considered himself a photojournalist, but he was rarely concerned with what would be considered news events or typical photojournalistic events. He studied painting under a Cubist painter, and you can see the the influence in his work. There is a strong sense of geometry.
He said the camera is a sketchbook, and photography is an immediate sketch done with intuition.
A well-trained eye is needed because events happen too fast to think about them. He believed that there was a precise instant in which all the elements and expressions align in a meaningful geometry that gives the most clarity to the event.
Capturing that moment is a matter of sensitivity and response to what is happening –including the changing expressions on someone’s face when photographing a portrait.
Bresson’s messages provides us with inspiration to view photography as a way to interact with the world.