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Man captures the beauty of Menokin
Landscape photographer brings talent for seeing art in images to Northern Neck's Menokin

 Landscape photographer Hullihen Moore recently captured an historic chimney on the Menokin grounds.
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Date published: 1/22/2013

By Rob Hedelt

WHEN PEOPLE see Hullihen Moore's striking photographs of natural vistas or architectural details, they generally don't know what was involved in capturing them.

Which is why it was interesting to accompany the landscape photographer--a retired Richmond attorney and former State Corporation Commission member--as he worked on his latest project.

Its focus: capturing images of the historic 1769 mansion and grounds at Menokin, the Richmond County home of Francis Lightfoot Lee, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

It's an interesting relationship.

Moore wants to provide the Menokin Foundation, which is in the midst of restoring the historic mansion, with photographs that contain interesting collisions of light and lines in the buildings, materials and natural habitat on the 500-acre compound.

Along the way, he hopes to add to a portfolio that includes a book of images from Shenandoah National Park, as well as iconic photos from Yosemite, Yellowstone and the Tetons.

On the day I joined Moore, who goes by "Hullie," he had decided to check out a chimney off the beaten path--all that was left of an earlier Menokin structure.

To get to it, he fought his way through bushes and brambles, hauling the tripod and digital camera that has replaced the 4-by-5 view camera he once favored.

Finally reaching the structure, he was drawn to the brickwork on the back, where the lost mortar provided an interesting contour between the rough stones.

"This is the same pattern as brickwork on some of the main house," Moore observed.

For a half-hour, the photographer used a discriminating eye and countless shifts of the tripod and the camera's focus to take various photographs.

"Might turn out to be something," he said, noting that it takes many tries to find the sort of images that really stand out. "Or it might not."

Moore worked as a photo-stringer for a Richmond newspaper while in college at Washington & Lee University, getting $5 for each image published. He began photographing waterfalls, vistas and the flora and fauna of Shenandoah while a law student at the University of Virginia.

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