During Hullihen (Hullie) Moore’s student days at Washington and Lee in the 1960s, he took photographs for the Richmond Times-Dispatch as a freelance stringer. He received $5 for each picture the T-D published.
Hullie, a 1965 graduate of W&L and a law graduate of the University of Virginia, went on to become a prominent Richmond attorney and a member of the Virginia State Corporation Commission. He also served as an adjunct professor in the W&L School of Law. All along the way, though, he kept his camera close by. He studied with Ansel Adams at a 1978 seminar in Yosemite National Park and with landscape photographers John Sexton and Philip Hyde.
His work is part of the permanent collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, has been featured in numerous magazines, and is depicted in his 2003 book, “Shenandoah: Views of Our National Park” (University of Virginia Press).
Earlier this month, Hullie and his photography appeared in the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star. That story focused on his current work at Menokin, the Richmond County, Va., home of Francis Lightfoot Lee, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
As the story notes, Hullie is making numerous visits to the Northern Neck: “He wants to be there in different kinds of light, at different times of year and as the images change—like when a growing branch of a bush transected the lines of boards and bricks on one section of the main house.”
For many years, he used a wooden 4 x 5 view camera and worked out of the darkroom in his home. When the Free-Lance Star joined him to tramp around the grounds at Menokin, Hullie wielded a digital camera.
His photographs have been widely praised. In a 2003 story on National Public Radio, former “Weekend Edition” Sunday host Liane Hansen compared Hullie’s work to that of Ansel Adams:
Hullie Moore’s book of photographs, “Shenandoah: Views of Our National Park,” may be doing for Shenandoah what Adams did for Yosemite. Moore captures the park’s waterfalls, vistas, ice-laden trees and budding flowers in black-and-white images that are both simple and profound.
You can read more about Hullie’s work, view many of his images and purchase posters and books on his website, Hullihen Williams Moore Photography.