maureen haldeman

maureen haldeman

Malibu, CA, United States

About maureen haldeman

Maureen Haldeman was born in Holland, raised in Montreal and now resides in Malibu, California. After settling in Los Angeles, she established MJH Photography in Malibu, specializing in portraiture and then expanding her photographic horizons to include architectural and street photography. After art history and fine art photography studies at UCLA she began shooting nature - primarily the ocean and its surrounding landscape. Maureen has taught photography and darkroom skills at the College level, done freelance work for publications including The Los Angeles Times, and has been commissioned to do private photographic projects for the entertainment industry; her photographs are frequently used in set design for film, television and commercials.
Her work has been exhibited in galleries nationally and abroad and in addition to being part of private collections her photographs are also part of the City of Malibu’s public collection and The Bieneke Library at Yale University, New Haven, CT.

Haldeman was appointed to serve as a member of the Malibu Arts Task Force, to identify public art opportunities and implement a public arts policy for the city; she continues to be active in Los Angeles art-related events.

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“My work strives to interpret what I photograph in a new and innovate way. As a photographer I choose to capture a wide range of subject matter, spanning all realms of nature as well as the urban landscape … and as an artist I do not merely want to duplicate what is in front of my lens. I do not want to create mirror images. Few of my photographs are random; their purpose is to challenge the viewer to contemplate the scene and to think beyond it.
I am by nature drawn to details, and have always focused my interest and my camera on the parts that make up the whole. My photographs represent emotions rather than actual depictions; the familiar is often absent. My main intention is to convey a mood that will cause the viewer to pause, contemplate the mosaic that makes up the image and connect his or her personal feelings to it.”







Born in Holland and raised in Montreal, my initial involvement in photography stemmed from a desire to capture images encountered on world travels. After refining my basic photographic skills and completing fine art photography classes at UCLA, I establishing MJH Photography in Malibu, California, specializing in portraiture. Since that time, I have expanded my photographic horizons to include a wide range of subject matter including all realms of the natural and the urban landscape.
Be it dramatic shadows cast by a late day sun or patterns produced by simple objects, representational or abstract, I am acutely conscious of the relationship between light and shadow and the element of composition.

In the past, I have taught photography and darkroom skills at the college level, done freelance work for various media publications including the LA Times, and have been commissioned to do many private projects for the entertainment industry; my photographs are frequently used for Film & TV set design.

I have a keen interest in all the arts and served as an appointed member of the 11 person Malibu Arts Task Force (2011-2012), the first committee formed by the City of Malibu to identify public art opportunities and implement a public arts policy for the City. It shaped the development of the city's first Arts Commission.


Education

Photographic Education:
Photography and darkroom skills at Santa Monica College
Fine Art Photography classes at UCLA
Santa Fe Photographic Workshops
Los Angele Center of Photography

Exhibitions

EXHIBITION: SELECTED SOLO & GROUP SHOWS

2017

On the Street, juried group show, Fathom Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Off the Clock, APA-LA juried group exhibit (Juror Elizabeth Avedon), Santa Monica Art Studios, Santa Monica, California
Shadow Stories, Sixteen Mile Arts, Ontario, Canada
Quadrivial, Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles, California
Septime, Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles, California
LA: Detailed, Annenberg, Beach House, Santa Monica, California
November 2016 - February 2017
Surviving Trump: The Art of Resistance, Wow Gallery, Hollywood, California
SorenityRocksMalibu Gallery, Malibu, California
Los Angeles Art Show 2017 bG Gallery, Los Angeles California
Photo LA 2017 Los Angeles Center of Photography, The Reef, Los Angeles, California
Photo Independent 2017, Los Angeles Center of Photography,
The Reef, Los Angeles, California

2016
Lenscratch on-line exhibitions (monthly)
The Art of Dia de los Muertos, Spring Arts Collecitve, Los Angeles, California
Gleam, Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles, California
Femmes Fatales, Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles Center of Photography Annual Juried Member Show, (Juror January Parkos Arnal – Hammer Museum) DNJ Gallery, Santa Monica, California
The Curated Fridge, (Juror Paula Tognarelli-Griffin Museum) Boston, Mass and Open Aperture Art Gallery in Newport, RI.
Your Daily Photograph, Duncan Miller Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Last Days of Summer, Lenscratch on-line exhibition
Los Angeles Art Association Curated Auction, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, California
Montage, Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles, California
Spectrum Gestalt 3, Bleicher/Gorham Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Photo Independent 2016, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Raleigh Studios, Los Angeles, California
Monster Gestalt, Bleicher/Gorham Gallery, Santa Monica, California
The Cat Show,PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
Reflections, Malibu Art Association, Schomburg Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Collector’s Choice/Winner of People’s Choice Prize, Channel Islands Art Center, Blackboard Gallery, Camarillo, California
The Los Angeles River: A City Runs Through It, Keystone Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles Center of Photography, Street Shooting Around the World, (Juror Matt Stuart) Los Angeles, California
Duality, Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles, California
One, Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles, California
Open Show 2016, (Juror Susan Schomburg-Schomburg Gallery) Topanga Canyon Gallery, Topanga California

2015
Dia de los Muertos, Phantom Galleries LA, Hawthorne, California
Ode to the Sixth Street Bridge, Art Share-LA, Los Angeles, California
2015 California Open (Juror Jim Morphesis), Tag Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Spectrum Gestalt 2, Bleicher/Gorham Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Imprints, Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles, California
Solstice, Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles, California
Photo Independent 2015, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Raleigh Studios, Los Angeles, California
Aspects of Light, Malibu Art Association, Schomburg Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Open Show 2015 (Juror Michael Zakian-Weisman Museum / Pepperdine University

2014
Liquid Light/Solo Show, D’Andrea/Bieck Galley, Malibu, California
Photo Independent 2014/ Solo Show, Raleigh Studios, Los Angeles, California
2012
Nature LA: Past Perfect/ Solo Show, G2 Gallery, Venice, California