Sir Richard Branson in Thought
While I’d met and photographed Sir Richard Branson once before in Paris, it was great to see him again in Munich at Bits and Pretzels. And as we’d met before, I felt a bit less nervous this time around. So when Sir Richard was milling around backstage getting ready to be interviewed by Kara Swisher, I approached him and asked him if he wouldn’t mind me capturing a few images of him.
He paused for a second, looked at me, and said, “We’ve met before, haven’t we? Paris, yes?” Needless to say, I was a bit taken aback. For a man that must meet thousands of people a year, for him to remember me, particularly as a photographer, I was impressed.
I left Sir Richard to his thoughts, and kept a respectful distance. … which I can’t exactly say of the other photographer that was floating around backstage, but that’s another story for another day.
A quiet man who’s got a lot on his mind, Sir Richard spent a lot of time looking down at a paper in his hands. Keeping a close eye on him, I saw his break from the paper, pause, and managed to capture this upward glance, a clear indication of his thought process.
The decisive moment.
Thank you Monsieur Cartier-Bresson for this lesson in being prepared and anticipating the shot. And thank YOU Sir Branson for your brilliant mind and grace.