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Al Hooks - Photographer
Al Hooks spent his childhood in the French Quarter of New Orleans where his parents lived. During those early years he was exposed to many creative and inspirational artistic forms. This was the beginning of his love of art and, in particular, photography.
Al studied photography in New Orleans and New York City. He used his talent in establishing his own successful advertising agencies and photography studios in New York and New Orleans. During this time, he developed computer skills that he used in his business and applied to his photographic art.
In Louisiana, he practiced real estate sales and, after getting his brokers license, opened his own real estate business, Northshore Brokers, in Covington, Louisiana. Several years ago he developed a passion for the Mississippi gulf coast and its people. It was then that he decided to expand his thriving real estate business to Pass Christian Mississippi.
Al is active in community affairs by enthusiastically promoting such activities in “The Pass” by being a committee member for “Jazz in the Pass,” the annual Jazz Festival held in Pass Christian, Mississippi. He is a popular and recognized personality on the coast who is known for his celebrations of local holiday festivities such as “Christmas in the Pass.” He is also interested in the Pass Christian Historical Society and is currently compiling a photographic portfolio of gulf coast scenes.
Al lives in his home/studio on the beach with his four, dearly loved K-9 companions; two sophisticated Schnauzers, Sterling and Avalon, and two energetic yellow Labs, Bud and Storm. When speaking of his dogs, Al prefers to refer to them affectionately as “the boys.”
Al’s photographic art begins as superior quality digital photographs. These are beautifully composed to capture the aesthetic essence of the subject. Many of these photos are then enhanced and manipulated using a variety of computer programs to add the mood and movement to the creations that are fast becoming his trade mark style.
How I Feel About My Art
The objective of my photographic art is to help people see things from a different perspective. All of my photographs and art are of simple common things; things that surround us and go un-noticed. Buildings, beaches, parks and flowers, and even new construction; objects in my art that make people stop to take a new look.
We are blessed to have the fabulous Gulf Coast and its cities as our playground. I intend for my art to bring attention to the beauty that has made our area so unique and encourage the people of this area to protect and guard this uniqueness.
Biloxi’s old downtown plays host to a wonderful collection of buildings and people. It is because of this remarkableness that I have dedicated a future exhibit of my photos exclusively to Biloxi’s downtown area.
The building I’ve pictured on the front cover now houses the Martha Mabye gallery and its fantastic and unique art collection.