The Stokes County Arts Council is proud to feature Kitty Ray Brown and Jesse H. Moore, VII at the Hanging Rock Gallery, Hanging Rock Visitor’s Center, 1790 Hanging Rock Park Road, Danbury, North Carolina, during the months of May and June. An opening reception will be held in their honor on Sunday, May 22, 2016, 2-4 p.m. The public is invited to enjoy refreshments, talk with the artists and view an exhibit of beautiful photography.
About the Artists….
Kitty Ray Brown stated “For many years, I’ve kept a camera nearby at all times capturing thousands of pictures of family, children and grandchildren.” They’ve all heard me say, “Just one more”.
A few years back, I made the big leap to higher-quality equipment. First, a Nikon D90. More recently, a Nikon D7100. Very recently, using prime lenses rather that zooms, for maximum sharpness.
My career as a jeweler and a watchmaker influenced an interest in the tiny details most people never notice. I like to surprise the viewer. Pictures that appear at first glance to be black-and-white, but actually are in color.
Some of my photos have been made into huge tapestries, sold to hotels and resorts around the world. Now that I’m studying Impressionist Landscape Painting, I use photographs to guide me on the canvas.
My formula for making better pictures is fairly simple: Take pictures every day. And, keep in mind the advice of the great Robert Capa: “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.
I try to keep the price of the pictures as low as possible. After all, if buyers can’t afford them, they can’t share the pleasure I had making them.”
Jesse Moore stated: “My first camera was an Ansco box – a Christmas present when I was 13 years old. One year and two days later – using a $50 Praktica FX – I published my first front-page photograph in a daily newspaper. By the time I turned 16, I had published a national magazine article and a few pictures in national publications.
Early on, I decided to become a writing journalist, not a news photographer. My newspaper editor helped me land a scholarship to attend William and Mary. Good start, bad outcome: I came down with cancer. The doctors gave me five years to live. I’m still here. They’re not.
In my teens, I paid for equipment and supplies by selling pin-up photos to publishers of what were then called “48 pagers.” It was a great way for a shy country boy to meet pretty girls.
As a young journalist, carrying a camera gave me an edge. After all, it’s cheaper for a newspaper to send one person to cover a story, rather than a writer-photographer team.
I left the newspaper business to go into advertising and public relations. Being able to complete a project with my own camera was more efficient and saved money for the client.
In 1977, while I was hospitalized, a flood destroyed almost every negative and print I owned – about 40,000 photographs. I didn’t touch a camera again for 10 years.
Over the years, I’ve written about a zillion political speeches, tourist and product brochures, radio and TV commercials, and a couple dozen books. No Great American Novels. Most of the books were technical, on medical, legal, and computer-related topics. In 1997, I was senior writer and historical accuracy editor with the alcohol-pickled five-person team that produced “50 years of Speed,” the history of NASCAR. (If you ever hear an announcer use the phrase, “The Thunder Under Your Feet, “I wrote it first.)
The latest book is called “Great Pictures Made Simple.” Its aimed at ordinary folks with inexpensive cameras and cell phones who don’t want to become professionals; they just want to take better pictures of their dogs, cats and family.
Today, I’m retired, living on a Stokes County farm I bought in 1979. (Since I’ve only been here 36 years, people still say, “You ain’t from around here, are you?”) When I can churn up enough energy to get off the couch, I make pictures of subjects I like: mostly landscapes, flowers and wildlife.
This exhibit will be on display May through June 2016 at the Hanging Rock Gallery. Please join us for this wonderful exhibit. Hanging Rock Visitor’s Center hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. daily.
For additional information, please contact the Stokes County Arts Council at (336) 593-8159 or visit www.stokesarts.org