He photographed many notable people and visitors, as well as local views and residents. In May 1857 he photographed the visiting party of the young Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII. The Prince recorded this event in his diary. From then on the reverse of his carte-de-visite say "Photographer to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales".
He trained a number of local photographers, including Charles Walmsley and Herbert Bell, whose family he photographed and who later bought his archive.
He took an active part in the development of the tourist trade. Built shops and lodging-houses.
Farmed 500 acres at Low Wray, Wray Castle, and exhibited a few views at the Royal Photographic Society in 1877. He worked with the local people to save Stock Ghyll.
And gave evidence to the Parliamentary Enquiry into the Railway extension, and used some of his views to support his argument.
He still found time to write poetry for the Ambleside Herald. Moses became acquainted with the eccentric "Poet Close" in 1860 and they helped each other"s businesses in that Moses photographed him and sold his books, while John Close wrote about and advertised his studio in his various pamphlets and books The picture shows the many buildings connected with his business.
He built his lodging house, Vale View - now The Churchill Hotel - on the land in the foreground.
Some of his sitters include Wordsworth"s younger relatives are in the Wordsworth Trust. William Edward Forster and Harriet Martineau are both in the National Portrait Gallery.
And Charlotte Mason is in the Armitt The National Portrait Gallery, The Wordsworth Trust at Grasmere. The Armitt Museum in Ambleside, and Kendal Local Studies Centre all own a number of his photographs.
Others are in private hands.
Moses Bowness, Victorian Photographer 1834-1894 Moses BownessPhotographer, Farmer, Entrepreneur, Poet. Born. 1833 in Coniston to John Bowness & Jane née Mossop. Married. 1st Isabella Slater.
Helena Hudleston. Died. 23 April 1894. Buried in his family grave in Coniston Some Examples of his work.