100 Creatives 2013: Mauro Luna, Poe-Inspired Photographer

What He Does: Mauro Luna is a photographer currently working with Monica Kressman Photography, which will be unveiling anew website sometime before the end of the year. In the meantime, you can keep an eye out for more of his work during Artcrawl and Art on the Avenue this fall.

Luna came by photography through a fairly strange path. Early in his high school days he received a copy of Visions of Poe, a book of stories and poems visually interpreted through the photography of Simon Marsden, as a present. It's an amazing piece of work that any self-respecting goth should have on his or her coffee table, and the haunting images shown in the book had a profound effect on Luna. He wanted to create something just as beautiful, though he wouldn't pursue until his first photography class with Kristy Peet.

You can see many similarities to Marsden's work in Luna's. Both tend to draw subjects out of a misty or shadowy background, as if they were being photographed coming across a spectral barrier. Luna tends toward a more lively approach, though. He formulates everything in his mind and researches extensively before shooting, often writing down tons of notes in a little notebook he carries with him.

Why He Likes It: "Creating something from just a thought, and then seeing it framed on a wall, is very fulfilling. Being an introverted person, photography is a way to "speak" my mind."

What Inspires Him: Luna draws much of his inspiration from the people around him. Specifically, he credits his artistic and creative girlfriend as a muse, as well as friends. The person that has most shaped him, though, is Damian Hevia. Hevia took Luna under his wing, and taught him everything there is to know about becoming a better photographer.

He's also a big fan of Y.E. Torres, our own Ms. Yet, who he says showed him how photography becomes art.

If Not Here, Then Where "Years ago, I used to think about moving to Florida. But too much happens in Houston, there is no way you can experience it all in a lifetime. I'll stay here and give it a try."

If Not This, Then What: Before turning to photography, Luna's career path was in mechanical engineering. Though he prefers taking pictures, part of him misses the idea of physically building something. That's likely where he would end up if photography was off the table.

What's Next: "I started photography by shooting on film, my next step is building a large format camera, and see what kind of damage I can do out there, on the streets."

More Creatives for 2013 (In order of most recently published; click here for the full page).

Trond Saeverud, Galveston Symphony Orchestra music director and conductor Khrystyna Balushka, paper flower child Christina Carfora, visual artist and world traveler Sara Kumar, artistic director for Shunya Theatre Kiki Maroon, burlesque clown Gin Martini, fashion designer Lacey Crawford, painter and sculptor Homer Starkey, novelist Jenn Fox, mixed media Shohei Iwahama, dancer Erica DelGardo, metalsmith Bob Clark, executive director Houston Family Arts Center Kerrelyn Sparks, bestselling romance author Lindsay Halpin, punk rock mad hatter Drake Simpson, actor Shelby Carter, Playboy model turned photographer David Matranga, actor Crystal Belcher, pole dancer Daniel Kramer, photographer Blue 130, pin-up explosion art Nina Godiwalla, author and TED speaker David Wilhem, light painter Tom Abrahams, author and newscaster Browncoat, pin-up pop artist Kris Becker, Nu-Classical composer and pianist Vincent Fink, science fashion Stephanie Saint Sanchez, Senorita Cinema founder Ned Gayle, thrift store painting defacer Sameera Faridi, fashion designer Greg Ruhe, The Human Puppet Sophia L. Torres, founder and co-artistic director of Psophonia Dance Company Maggie Lasher, dance professor and artistic director Jordan Jaffe, founder of Black Lab Theatre Outspoken Bean, performance poet Barry Moore, architect Josh Montoute, mobile gaming specialist Ty Doran, young actor Gwen Zepeda, Houston's first Poet Laureate Joseph Walsh, principal dancer at Houston Ballet Justin Garcia, artist Buck Ross, dilettante and director of Moores Opera Center Patrick Renner, sculptor of the abstract and the esoteric Tomas Glass, abstract artist and True Blood musician Ashley Stoker, painter, photographer and Tumblr muse Amy Llanes, artistic airector of Rednerrus Feil Dance Company Bevin Bering Dubrowski, executive director at the Houston Center for Photography Lydia Hance, founder and director of Frame Dance Productions Piyali Sen Dasgupta, mixed media artist and nature lover Dean James, New York Times bestselling mystery novelist Nicola Parente, abstract painter and photographer Cheryl Schulke, handmade leather pursemaker Anthony Rathbun, Alternative Lifestyle Photographer David Salinas, computer-less analog photographer Danielle Burns, art curator Alicia DiRago, Whimseybox founder Katia Zavistovski, contemporary art curator Ashley Horn, choreographer, filmmaker Amanda Stevens, scary book author Peter Lucas, film and video curator, music lover and self-described culture-slinger Ana María Otamendi, collaborative pianist and vocal coach Billy D. Washington, comedian Michele Brangwen, choreographer and dancer Kristin Warren, actress and choreographer Kelly Sears, animator and film maker Colton Berry, Bayou City Theatrics' artistic director jhon r. stronks,dance-maker Joe Grisaffi, actor, director, writer, cinematographer Jordan "Monster Mac" McMahon, artist, designer

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