Prints and Sequences

For David Moog the camera provides a pathway.  Prints are the expression of what has been given and what has been seen – two dimensional re-imagined statements of things for what else they are.  For Moog a still photographic image is neither a pure record of an event, nor an editing of objects from a particular place or time.  It is the product of a union between the real and the photographer’s need to comprehend it.  Reportage photographers have called the making of an image “the decisive moment” – when action and reaction, composition and technical considerations come together instantaneously to become something which will never exist again in the same way – in many respects like improvised music.   In this sense, the print is permanent evidence of every photographer’s decisive moment and very different from a painting or sketch or sculpture.

David Moog is a black & white photographer who occasionally ventures into color.  Some of the work is from traditional film, but the newer work is purely digital.  In keeping with the concepts of Zone System discipline, all images are pre-visualized, planned and composed for the print.  Photoshop is used only to process the image as in a darkroom, where measured zones may be placed for best emotional interpretation of the image.  Exotic manipulations, reconfigurations or cropping of the images are not employed in Moog’s work.

The photographs are usually organized into sequences containing juxtapositions, or arranged in juxtaposed pairs.  These combinations are different from a series, or collection, of images which often fit into a tight theme.  Juxtaposition of images permits the strengthening of each image by the one before or the one after. The spaces between images can be thought of as intervals created between musical tones.  A single tone may exist wonderfully when separate from all others, but positioned next to, or with, another tone, it becomes something different.  Any two photographs -- or three, or eight -- can thus be composed by the photographer to create an idea or poem as easily seen in “Nudes” or “Anna Maria in Three Stanzas”.