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PHOTOGRAPHS OF ROBERT V. MOODY

 

Photography has become a way for me to indulge in a sense of wonder for this world.  I know very well that there is plenty of ugliness and despair out there, and there are plenty of photographs around to make sure that we never forget it. But I am drawn to the beauty of light, form, and pattern that are manifested everywhere, even in the simplest of things---the extraordinary in the most ordinary. Perhaps, too, there is a futile hope to capture  something of permanence out of what is, by nature, evanescent.

My first love has been black and white photography, on which I was reared from an early age. The great majority of what it here is in black and white. Recently I have begun to explore colour, and I expect to work more seriously with it in the coming years.

 

The gallery on mathematicians is connected with my professional life, a record of special moments with some of my friends and colleagues, most of them doing what they love most—talking mathematics—, a number of them sadly no longer with us. These are all photographs of the moment, and often, more important than perfect focusing or composition, it is the beautiful expressiveness and overt passion of these people that I so greatly admire.

 

I believe that, through the act of living, the discovery of oneself is made concurrently with the discovery of the world around us which can mold us, but which can also be affected by us. A balance must be established between these two worlds — the one inside us and the one outside us. As a result of a constant reciprocal process, both these worlds come to form a single one. And it is this world that we must communicate.  - Henri Cartier-Bresson