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Meet Eric Moore

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

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born in New York on a beautiful day in October. I spent my early childhood living in California, Idaho, and Virginia. With roots in New York and New Jersey, my family made the Garden State home in 1991. Ice hockey was the most important thing to me in my teen years. Monday thru Friday my brother and I would run home to exchange our school bags for our hockey bags and stayed at the rink until our mother came looking for us. On the weekends, it was travel teams and street hockey. I wasn’t at all an honor student in school. Art and history were my jam, math and science I despised but my attention was always for hockey.

Tired of the day to day grind and the same old, grey New Jersey sky, my wife and I made the decision to make a change. In November of 2014, after executing a two years plan, we packed three cats and some clothes in a Honda CRV and drove across the country to start a new chapter in Orange County. My love of photography started to grow as I was seeing California for the first time as an adult and I felt I needed to document it. A childhood friend had been living in LA for a few years when I arrived. He and I both wanted to do something entrepreneurial and creative outside of our day jobs. We created a stand-up comedy show and on August 4, 2016, Comedy Pop-Up had its first show in the back of a Brazilian steakhouse to a packed house.

I’ve created a hundred show flyers, set up and took down dozens of stages and photographed a good amount of comedians. Comedy Pop-Up grew from four stand up shows a month at various venues around LA to a podcast network based in Koreatown. It was a great time but just like in my teen years, I wanted to focus on the thing I was really in love with. I had many photographic projects I wanted to start. When it was time to launch the podcast network, I made the decision to leave and focus on photography.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Growing up, there was always a disposable camera in the house. Its use was solely for snapshots of special occasions. Back then, I enjoyed looking at photos more than making them. I didn’t embrace the camera as a tool to create art until my adult life.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a photographer based in Costa Mesa. I am known for cinematic and documentary-style photographs. I make photographs that tell a story. I’m currently working on my first book. It’s the first volume of my personal project, My, California. A collection of photographs I’ve made of the spectacular and peculiar moments during my first four years living in California. I documented life in Orange County and Los Angeles and my travels from Big Sur to Zzyzx. Being from the East Coast, California came off as a magical place. So far it has both, at times, lived up to the hype as well as let me down. My California shows the best and the worst the Golden State offers.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Self-satisfaction is my measure of success. I’m a photographer because I want to create something that I can leave behind. I have an excellent day job so I’m not financially dependent on photography to pay my bills. Because of that, I’m selective in the paid work I do so I can have the control and freedom to document the story and create something I’m proud of. It feels so good when you get “the shot”. I may shoot all day to only get one great frame but the feeling that comes over me is tremendous, almost better than scoring the game-winning goal.

Contact Info:

  • Website: illproblemo.com
  • Email: illproblemo@gmail.com
  • Instagram: eric_only
  • Twitter: eric_only

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