Leica D-LUX (Typ 109) and digging for history - Decisive Moments

These are all 4K photo / screen grabs from video footage I shot at this archeological dig. The D-LUX and it's Panasonic 'clone' the LX-100 are remarkable little cameras. Small, light, fast and with astonishing quality. The footage is sharp and clear and lends itself well to these screen grabs, allowing me to capture the 'decisive moment' though selecting one frame from 30 seconds of video footage hardly says a lot for my timing skills!

But then that does prove one thing I always suspected. There is always more than one moment in any situation when a picture comes together and maybe it's time to stop fooling ourselves as photographers. Cartier-Bresson and his disciples have made a huge thing about 'good' photographers being able to get that special moment and the use of video in still cameras is exposing that myth. What we photograph is so selective and such a microscopic fragment of what goes on in the world, that the arrogance that somehow documentary and reportage / street photographers have some special skill in assembling one telling image from what goes on around us can now be seen as the tosh it always was. And the idea that this can be achieved from a Leica rangefinder and a manual focus lens is equally ludicrous. Give me my little D-LUX and let me capture a whole time line and see what emerges. I still have to be in the right place at the right time and use compositional and framing skills, but to ascribe 'magic powers' of observation to certain photographers is nonsense.

But then much of what is written about 'documentary / street / reportage' photography has more to do with aspirational myth and self awarded self-importance rather than any genuine observational or artistic skills. And retro based delusion and illusion seem to have overtaken many contemporary photographers. So nothing new there then!!