POINT PLEASANT — The saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” which means Master Photographer Laura Moul is bringing more than 50,000 words to Point Pleasant.
Moul’s gallery is titled “Journeys: A Collection of Photography from Three Continents.” The exhibit will run from Aug. 8 through Oct. 3 at Gallery 409 on Main Street in Point Pleasant. Moul said this gallery will mostly consist of landscapes from places she has traveled.
“I love to share my adventures,” Moul said. “I wanted to represent many states and countries in landscapes.”
Moul is a former teacher for Putnam County Schools. She said she got her start with photography by teaching a yearbook class at Winfield High School.
“I resigned from doing yearbook after six years and decided I wanted to do photography,” Moul said. “I went to some workshops the state tourism department sponsored and some other workshops and training. That’s how I got into it. I started really enjoying it.”
Moul said she loved traveling even before she became involved in photography, and she said photography has helped her document her journeys.
“I taught history classes at high school. I worked at Winfield for 23 years and I would talk about places, and this year I finally got to go to Machu Picchu,” Moul said. “I’ve been to all 50 states. I didn’t bring pictures of all of them though. I love to go travel. I’ve got a bucket list: Machu Picchu was on my bucket list and so were Ireland and Scotland. I love to travel and capture moments in time.”
Moul, who lives in Milton, W.Va., has been awarded titles of master photographer by the Professional Photographers of America, craftsman photographer and has received her national certification for certified professional photographer. Larry Bragg, vice president of the Gallery 409 board, said he is glad the gallery was able to display the work of a distinguished and professional photographer.
“The photography is exquisitely done,” Bragg said. “It shows how various art can be. This is an art itself. They have to be at the right angle, the right shadows, the right time, so it shows art is more than a paint brush. It’s singing, dancing, photography. She is one of the true artists of photography, and we are really excited to have an artist of her caliber come here. It shows how a professional takes a photograph.”
Bragg said he is excited for the community to see the art exhibit because he said he feels it is important for people to learn about art.
“We need art in our community,” Bragg said. “It opens people’s eyes. It’s a way of communication that opens people’s minds. You don’t just see a tree as brown and green. There are many colors in a tree, people just don’t realize that.”
The exhibit will kick off Saturday night from 6-9 p.m. with a reception and a presentation from Moul about her work. The exhibit will be open on weekends through Oct 3.