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Feature Casey Moore, Nature’s Finest Photographer

Championed by Kathlene Fogarty
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Casey Moore and Kathlene Fogarty
02 June 2021
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Casey Moore and Kathlene Fogarty
02 June 2021
Kathlene Fogarty founded her private dealer gallery, FHE Galleries (short for Fogarty Hojsgaard Entwistle Galleries), in New Zealand in 1995. It has a stellar reputation for representing individual works of excellence from New Zealand and the Pacific countries. On its books and soon to be on your radar is New Zealand-born, UK-based photographer Casey Moore.

“As a gallerist I’m searching for that new ‘language’ – an artist who has the ability to transform your way of looking / feeling / viewing our worlds,” Fogarty told us. “I think that art is one of the last great ‘Unspokens’ – if you could say it – you wouldn’t have to make it. Casey has this. Casey’s photography haunts me ¬– his work captures a space that requires you to continue re-viewing – to repeat this ‘instance’ that echoes. It has a soul-line.”

Born in Invercargill, New Zealand, but raised from the age of three in Switzerland and later London, it’s perhaps not surprising that Moore’s work focuses on the natural world. Just as pioneering photographers like Carleton Watkins and Ansel Adams searched for the sublime, many of Moore’s compositions capture the epic enormity of nature – from the wilds of New Zealand to the Austrian Alps or the UK countryside – with a precision that is almost surreal and creates a sense of the sublime that is unparalleled.
“I’ve always been drawn to looking at the world through a lens,” says Moore. “It’s like visiting another dimension. I feel that childlike fascination every time I look through my camera.

“The natural world is usually a starting point for me. I’ll come across a scene or a plant or flower which starts a chain of thoughts and associations. Because I’m a photography geek, my response will often involve some niche technique or equipment, which can take me down an interesting tangent. I also read a lot of science and tech news, which can inform the approach that I take.”

Largely self-taught, Moore uses traditional, analogue methods and prints large scale by hand in his darkroom in East Sussex, England.

“Building my own darkroom in 2013 was a big moment,” he says. “Having spent years hiring a darkroom, this was a chance to do something to my specification. In a way, photography and handmade printing is really a form of making in three dimensions rather than how it’s typically seen as 2D. I need large equipment and well-thought-out spaces to accommodate all the processes required. Being able to create from start to finish in a hands-on way has shaped the kind of work I can now make.”

As well as exhibiting internationally and gaining global acclaim – his work is housed in private collections in the UK, New Zealand, Australia, the US and Europe and was acquired for the New Zealand consulate in St Petersburg – 2021 saw Moore’s series of burning shapes, ‘Light the World Anew’, nominated for the Prix Pictet photography award.

He says: “An art career can be a lonely adventure at times, but this nomination felt like the culmination of years of effort. Ultimately, I want my work to reach as many people as possible and something like this really helps.”

Moore can expect more eyes on his creations next at London’s Affordable Art Fair in July, as well as an upcoming show at FHE Galleries, ‘Always, somewhere, there’s a river singing’, between 10 June – 17 August.

About the champion

The Wick - Feature Casey Moore, Nature’s Finest Photographer

FHE Galleries’ director and founder Kathlene Fogarty knows excellence when she sees it. Since opening her private dealer gallery in 1995, she’s built up an impressive roster of artists including Chris Bailey, Ann Robinson and Ans Westra. To be on her books, artists need to have a distinct and individual voice she hasn’t come across before.

“Casey’s photography haunts me – his work captures a space that requires you to continue re-viewing.”

Place of Birth

Invercargill, New Zealand

Education

MA in Psychology at The University of Edinburgh

Awards, Accolades

Prix Pictet nomination (2021)

Upcoming exhibitions

‘Always, somewhere, there’s a river singing’ group show at FHE Galleries (10 June – 17 August 2021) and the Affordable Art Fair with Carrie Scott & Partners

Spiritual guides, Mentors

My wife, an artist to her soul, and my mum, an artist to her bones.


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