About - Ralph Moon

the photographer

I am a native of Ohio, studied philosophy at university in Indiana, and came to California in the seventies to help build a Buddhist temple in Sonoma County. After settling in the East Bay, I found employment in computing and practiced my adopted profession at UC Berkeley for many years. I am now retired and live with my wife in Contra Costa County.

borrowed thoughts on pictures and picture taking

"You look one moment and there's everything, next moment it's gone. Photography is very philosophical." -- Joel Meyerowitz

"God created the world out of nothing, but the nothingness still shows through." -- Paul Valery

"The highest aim of art is to jolt us (albeit temporarily) into a more awake and uncertain state of mind." -- Paraphrase of George Saunders

"There is nothing as mysterious as a fact clearly described." -- Garry Winogrand

"My argument against the set-up picture is that it leaves the matter of content to the imagination of the photographer, a faculty that, in my experience, is generally deficient compared to the mad swirling possibilities that our dear common world kicks up at us on a regular basis. That's all." -- Todd Papageorge

"And it’s that awareness of really looking at the everyday world with clear and focused attention that I’m interested in.” – Stephen Shore

"Why do most great pictures look uncontrived? Why do photographers bother with the deception, especially since it so often requires the hardest work of all? The answer is, I think, that the deception is necessary if the goal of art is to be reached: only pictures that look as if they had been easily made can convincingly suggest that beauty is commonplace." -- Robert Adams

"Photography appears to be an easy activity; in fact it is a varied and ambiguous process in which the only common denominator among its practitioners is in the instrument." -- Henri Cartier-Bresson



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