Jan Van Eyck

Reflecting on reflections

For whatever reason, I’ve always been drawn to incorporating reflections in my photography, and in this I know I am certainly not alone. One of the most well known photographs with a reflection was that taken by that astonishing master of the photographic art, Henri Cartier-Bresson, recording a man leaping over (or into) a puddle. The photograph, entitled Derriere la Gare Saint-Lazare was regarded by Time Magazine as the ‘Photograph of the Century’. Without doubt it is a superb photograph, and certainly one that proves my point that you’re in the best of company if you use reflections in your work.

Gare Saint Lazare. 1932. © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos

Gare Saint Lazare. 1932. © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos