Decisive Moment – Monochrome Analog Photography

As of October 2017 I started exploring analog photography. Armed with a late ’60s Ricoh, which I bought for 40 euros, I dove into the world of film. As a photographer I was always impressed by people who managed to take amazing photographs without being able to instantly review and change their photo’s until it’s right. ‘The Decisive Moment’ as explained by Henri-Cartier Bresson is one of the things I have really focused on. This collection of images are some of my favourite ‘Decisive’ photos.

One of my favourite museums. I wanted to make an almost Postcard like photograph. When I saw how this turned out I was impressed.
Contemplating an Escape
This was the perfect moment to take this photo. Look at every person, there’s something going on everywhere.
This is a Swan being manhandled into a special bag, to be taken to an animal rescue. But the animal was very strong and reluctant to be saved.
Industry – This piece is a callback to my digital work where I use back lighting and the silhouette’s that come with it to create a new mood and idea.
Abundance near Chinatown – The entrance to Chinatown relegated to bike parking.
Pairs in Repetition
Polluted silhouette – The irony of light pollution back lighting clean energy with the power lines running underneath.


Set in the past – A lunch time snapshot that could have been made 50 years ago at first glance



Camera: Ricoh Singlex TLS

Film: Ilford HP5 400, Ilford Plus 125, Ilford Delta 400 & Kodak 400 TX

Locations: Den Haag, Rotterdam, Berkel.


If you want to start shooting film as well there are many good Youtube videos that will teach you, but digging into there theory and processes is really worth your while if you are passionate. You can find pretty cheap camera’s like this on


One Reply to “Decisive Moment – Monochrome Analog Photography”

  1. mooi Ryan sommige had ik nog niet gezien, hangen ze in het gemeente museum? daar ben ik nog niet geweest. Die mevrouw op de fiets moet wel oppassen dat ze niet met het kindje ergens tegen aan rijd. Je ziet het gebeuren.

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