“She warped my mind … without me knowing it!”
That is why I make photographs. My Mother made me do it! She warped my mind, and I had no idea it was happening. You see, my Mother was an artist. An oil painter, a water color artist, a sculptor, a sketch artist … all with no formal training whatsoever. She was a Certified Copiest at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. At the age of 64, with absolutely no business knowledge or experience, she decided to start her own business in Amarillo, Texas, that survived for almost 20 years –Thus Effie’s Arts & Crafts began. She could do it all. Was a great framer too. All of this happened as I was growing up and I paid no attention whatsoever to what she was doing. But, every day, in subtle ways, she would tell me things … basically, how to ‘see’ things. She would say things like: “It doesn’t matter what things are, only how they look.”
Then She Died
When my Mother, Effie Elizabeth Moore, died, our family came together to divide-up the fruits of my Mom’s labors. Paintings. Sketches. Sculptures. Craft items. It was everywhere. Never before had I stepped back and realized all of what my Mom had done. It struck me like a bolt of lightening. My Mom had ‘left footprints in the sand that will never wash away.’
The Beauty Lives On …
The beauty that she had created lives on. She is still with us. What a blessed and amazing legacy she left behind. And I realized that she also had given to me the desire to ‘see things’ differently from most people. To find the beauty before our eyes.
Why I Make Photographs
I have been making photographs since I was about 10 or 11 years old, in the mid-1950′s, when Mom gave me a camera … I do not even remember what kind it was. 35mm it was, maybe it was an Argus C3. From that point on I made photographs. Not professionally. For personal pleasure, but always, making photographs has been a part of my life, along with the things that we all do to make a living. I have been many things in my life. I have done many things, worn many hats, most of which relate to business, economics and finance. But underneath it all, was my photography. I make photographs because of the way it makes me feel to actually create something real and tangible that is more than, or simply different than, what the eyes can see.
I Never Let The Camera Have The Last Word
I never let the camera have the last word. Which means that the camera gives me ingredients, from which I prepare a gourmet meal. What the camera yields is ‘fast food’ … perfectly average almost every time. Like a Big Mac. You can depend upon it being the same every time … not too bad, not too good … and certainly not Special in any way. Anyone can buy one … all the same. That is what a camera gives you. In the old days, it was in the dark room. Today it is in the digital darkroom, with Lightroom and Photoshop that I work to alter, change, modify and in almost any and every way, to morph the ingredients into the image that gives me pleasure to look at.
It Makes Me Feel Good
The bottom line is that the finished image pleases me in some way. My goal is NOT to represent or replicate ‘reality’ (whatever that is), but rather to ‘Make” a photographic image that pleases me. Pretty selfish, eh? All about me, eh? Well, perhaps, you may find some photograph that I have Made that will please you too.
Why You Should Buy My Photographs
Photography is now my life … and my livelihood. It is the way I make a living, more honestly, selling my photographs is the way that I support my “habit”. My “habit” of making photographs. It costs money to be a photographer and to make photographs, so it is money from Good, Loyal, Patrons who purchase my work that allows me to continue making photographs. No one that I know of gets rich from making photographs. It is just a “habit” that needs feeding. As “habits” go, it may not be a bad one to have.
If you are not already one of my Patrons, may I invite you to become one. Buy some of my work. As you will see in my galleries, my photographs are priced at a mere Pittance. Priced at a level that anyone, even you, can become one of my Patrons. May I invite you to do so.
Every Gallery of mine is Unique
Every expedition or safari or assignment I make results in a collection of photographic images. You will find many, many, many photographs organized into subject groups, making it easy to search for what you want. Tip: when you are in the gallery, remember to click on Keywords, below the image you have selected, to further speed up your search for photos that are similar.
And even more exciting …….. you can purchase my photographs in a WIDE range of sizes, on a variety of materials – photographic paper, fine art paper, water color paper, canvas, metal … and the list goes on.
Here’s how you do it
(1) go to my Gallery by clicking the link below,
(2) find the images you want (notice, I said images … plural), and
(3) CLICK on the BUY Button on the upper right of the photo display …… away you go, saving money while you find exciting photographs you can use again and again and again. Enjoy
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