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Meet Brian Moore

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brian Moore.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I come from the town of Rutherglen in Scotland. My parents and I emigrated to the US in the early ’60s. I was nine. I’ve lived in Southern California since then. Although I am an American citizen now and have lived in the Los Angeles area for more than 50 years, my early formative years in Scotland continue to influence how I think. Being an immigrant, I’ve always felt a little like an outsider. Perhaps most immigrants feel similarly. For me this has value. As a photographer, being on the outside looking in is an advantage.

Please tell us about your art.
My goal is to record life around me, at about a sixtieth of a second at time, and without artifice. I’m something of a photographic opportunist. I’ve always believed that wherever your eyes fall there’s a picture; the challenge is in creating it.

I almost always have at least one camera with me. Just walking around, I generally carry one of my Olympus XA film cameras and usually it will be loaded with Kodak’s Tri-X 400 black and white film. The XA fits very nicely in a pocket. It’s diminutive but very sharp and very capable. If I’m purposely going out to shoot I’ll generally use my Olympus OM2n SLR, again generally loaded with Kodak Tri-X film.

I shoot digital too–Canon DSLRs, Sigma DP1 Merrill and Sigma SD Quattro–but usually only on assignment. The convenience factor is compelling. To be honest, though, for personal work digital cameras don’t excite me the way stepping out with a film camera does. Perhaps it’s the suspense inherent in film that grabs me. Or perhaps it’s the look of film.

How does one describe “the look” of film? I’m not sure I know. However, I liked one man’s description on a Flickr post. He said “digital pictures are like what I saw, but film is like what I remember.” That pretty much sums it up for me. (Wish I could give the guy credit but I don’t remember who he was.)

What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
Today the ubiquitous cell phone camera lets anyone take a picture anytime. Does that make anyone a photographer? I think not. Quality work will always rise to the top, whether snapped by cell phone or the latest high-resolution camera. The danger all artists face, however, is the bean counters in government. Too often legislators see funding of the arts as expendable. The arts are often the first thing on the chopping block when budgets tighten. It may not put food on the table, but art enriches us personally and helps define us as a culture. Going forward the city of Los Angeles must protect funding for artistic endeavors and I would advocate that the city makes the arts accessible to all, regardless of income.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I’m visible on various social media platforms as well as my own website.

Instagram: brianmoore_photography

Flickr: brian-moore

Facebook: Brian Moore Photography

Web Site:

Contact Info:

  • Address: Huntington Beach
  • Website:
  • Phone: 7143064461
  • Email:
  • Instagram: brianmoore_photography
  • Facebook: Brian Moore Photography

Image Credit:
Brian Moore, Megan Moore

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