Inspirational B&W Short Film Voiced Over by an Interview with Henri Cartier-Bresson

The folks at 522 Productions have been slowly putting out videos that capture the essence of what inspires each of them. The charge was led a few weeks ago by 522’s art director Chris Jurchak, but it was editor Eli Sinkus’ What Inspires You? video, uploaded on April 1st, that caught our eyes and ears.

His video tells the tale of his love affair with photography and Henri Cartier-Bresson’s famous “Decisive Moment” through the magic of (mostly) black and white film. A fictional tale of a boy discovering the world through photography, the entire video is then “narrated” by an interview Cartier-Bresson gave Cornell Capa in 1973.

The interview was edited by Sinkus to better match the story he filmed. A beautiful story that weaves photography through the discovery of life, love, beauty and death. In his original post on the 522 Productions blog, Sinkus explains his reasoning behind the video:

When tasked with thinking about what inspires me, I immediately went back to my roots in photography. I often find myself inspired by the world around me, tender moments or beautiful early morning light. I have always been captivated by the concept of the “decisive moment,” a phrase coined by Henri Cartier-Bresson

This story is about a young man exploring and discovering the world through the lens of his camera. Discovering about life, death, beauty and love. Learning about when to take a photo and when to set the camera down and be a participant in this glorious thing called life … I was definitely inspired making this and hope that I can inspire you as well.

You can read the entire blog post by clicking here. And if you haven’t already, be sure to click play and take in the story while soaking up every bit of wisdom Cartier-Bresson is speaking over it.

What Inspires Me? Eli Sinkus – Editor at 522 Productions [522 Productions via F Stop Lounge]

  • The all mighty

    All those drops, poor strap probably feels like it was left hanging

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  • dannybuoy

    bloody kids of today! They have no idea how to use these old cameras… You’d have thought the production team might have actually told the poor lad which is the shutter release button. He is clearly trying to press the shutter speed dial.

  • Choen Lee

    why is he holding it like he’s using an autofocus camera in P mode? That’s simply poor directing, dear production house.

  • K G

    The drops actually made me flinch, brought back traumatic memories of Leica M6 hitting the concrete.

  • Michael