Thursday, August 20, 2009

8x12 Giveaway from Maureen Light Photography!

When I first stumbled upon Houston photographer Maureen Light's website, I was awestruck. I found a mix of stunning portraits, still life, and quirky "fall down the rabbit hole" art photography like nothing I had ever seen. Not to mention event photos so unique, I wanted to get married all over again just so Maureen could be the photographer. Though her photos speak for themselves, I wanted to get to know more about the Dallas native through a little Q&A. Why else do we love her? Maureen is giving away an 8x12 print of your choice from here to 1 lucky reader!! Hoorah! Comment by August 29th for your chance to win!


How long have you been a photographer?
Exactly two years ago! I have taken almost every art class they offer in college, but never photography. I played around a little bit with a point and shoot, but was never satisfied with the quality. A friend of mine had bought a digital SLR a while back and let me play around with it...I was hooked from the first photo I took. Soon after my husband gave me a Nikon for my birthday and I have been obsessed ever since.


If you could photograph anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
I enjoy people that have a different look. I went to London at the beginning of the summer and the first time I stepped on the Tube, which was the first time I had ever been on any subway, I sat down and looked up at my fellow passengers and thought I had been transplanted into a Jean-Pierre Jeunet movie. Everyone in my carriage was larger than life, looked like real life cartoon characters. I loved it! I wish I could have photographed the carriage just how it was,...the people, what they were wearing (one guy had almost an iridescent blue suit on), how they were interacting with one another...the whole scene. Not to mention the man dressed as a Ninja Turtle that was exiting while I was entering.

What about any thing?
Would certainly have to be an old country farm in Europe. Thatched roofed house, wooden fences, pigs and sheep, vegetable garden,....


How would you describe your style?
Oh gezz, I'm not sure. It's a bit dreamlike, funky, childish, quirky....I'd say Alice In Wonderlandish, I suppose. I'm certainly a portrait artist, because it almost pains me to take a photo without a person in it.



I love how many of your photos are quirky and creative. Where does your inspiration come from?
I read in a magazine when I was around the age of ten about how when people become adults, they only use a very small amount of their imagination. I vowed then to never loose mine. I lay in bed at night and think of different images, sometimes having to get up and recreate them in photos before I can fall asleep. I've ended up doing a lot of self-portraits because there was no one else around when I was in absolute need of creating something at that moment. I find inspiration in many things...my children, movies, stories from friends, props....etc.

***Comment below for your chance to win a beautiful 8x12 print!!

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65 comments:

Ellen said...

The rabbit one freaks me out a little, but I really like it!

Ellen
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Christopher said...

Ah! It just so happens Ms. Light is the mother of one of my closest friends and I absolutely adore her photography. She inspires me as an aspiring photographer to try new angles and lighting and not be afraid to change it up once in awhile. I love her photography!

Just tweeted about the article: http://twitter.com/TophCam/status/3442330932

Christopher said...

whoops!
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texasheartland said...

I like them because they're just so freaky weird- just my style! Talk about "thinking outside the box"!


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J Fo said...

Love Maureen and her vintage/funky/modern style. She has such a great perspective!

ky2here said...

Photo number 27 in the art prints is my favorite - that man looks ominous and dangerous. The grainy focus gives it that 'crime scene about to happen' look. It's great.

Lannie Ott said...

love the photos!

Keeley said...

Great stuff!!!
I love her perspective in her photos.
Can't wait to see more work.

Put me in for the drawing.

elaine said...

I love the photo of the old church-flDSC_0397. I love the quaintness of old country churches. Beautiful photography!

Elaine R
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Colengal said...

What a talent with the camera? She has got a great eye and a sence of humor!

Amber said...

flDSC_0522 is my favorite!

Thank you for the giveaway :)
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TZel said...

These are very interesting photos- I especially like the dandelion fuzzy photo! Thanks!

D De said...

The photo of the Buick is great …. brings back memories of my ’57 Pontiac that was the same green color with white top and shared much of the front end with its Buick cousin. Guess that sort of dates me, doesn’t it. See, old folks read your blog, too!

kdkdkd said...

I love flDSC_0452
the fsDSC_6185 one is very cool too

Janice Golden said...

These are the type of photographs that I have been trying to accomplish SHE IS GREAT everyone one of the photos are fantastic most of the time I like one or two but all of hers are great
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Michele P. said...

very nice prints! I love the first one with the old model car and also one on her website that features a scene with a ferris wheel, almost makes me feel as though I am there~

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ricgln6 said...

These are very nice prints. I would like win one of them.

Missesprincess said...

#23 from her Art Prints is fantastic ~ I would imagine it would keep my imagination going for years. Wonderful photography, stunning imagination.

Drive-on said...

Great interview and awesome photos. I'd love to have an 8x12.

Monstrosity Foto said...

Maureen is dreamy. I hope I win the 8x10 and get it delivered in person by her wearing only an apron and heels.

a good cop said...

love the portraits lululaporta at hotmail dot com

autie said...

Oh my gosh, you are so lucky to get to work with this wonderful photographer! She fits what I believe in, which is "Be more than a number" (hence the name of my blog)

Anyways, my favorite (to pick just one is hard) is the picture of the lady with all the baby dolls.

Harry Barbee said...

The ferris Wheel photo love going to the fair every year
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Michelle said...

My husband would love any of these photographs. He loves ny thing that has eclectic style.

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paula h said...

I like the old car in front of the white garage. I also love the church picture.

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Smooshy said...

the ferris wheel by the river is gorgeous!

MD said...

Thanks for offering the giveaway. She is very talented. Enjoyed your interview also.

Miranda said...

I like the one of the canal, looks like Venice?

guettel78 said...

I'm not an art expert by any means, but I found Maureen's prints fascinating to look at -- a lot of them were simultaneously beautiful and slightly askew, which I respond to. I think my two favorites would be the one with the woman holding the camera (is that Maureen?) and the one with the suited man wearing a gas mask. Thanks for the chance to win one of these truly unique photos for my bare apartment walls!

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guettel78 said...

I blogged about the giveaway: http://slavetoacademia.blogspot.com/2009/08/maureen-light-photography-print.html

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Kelly F said...

I think it is really cool that she uses a metallic paper to print her photos on. It gives a nice effect.

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Kelly F said...

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Samantha said...

I love the picture in the grass!

checkers said...

I luv anything unusual or unique and this fits the bill. I'm a photo buff- adore it
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Melanie said...

I just love these fun quirky prints! Love the one with the rabbit mask!



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Girly Remix said...

I'm an artist and I absolutely love photography so it would be so awesome to win this!!! P.S. My name's Beth and I'm from Houston too! :)

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Renee said...

The ferris Wheel photo is great. She has captured some very amazing things with these photos.

Jere said...

What unusual photos.. I am intrigued. Thank you for the chance to have one in my home.

Pam said...

I like the little red church print. Thanks so much!
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amyinkamloops said...

Thanking you for posting such a wonderful contest. Very talented -- great pictures. ~ Amy (amyinkamloops *AT* gmail.com)

Mom said...

We have a wonderfully unique house that would be a perfect forum for her unique talent. Vry original and I love it!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE Maureen's creativity!!! I'm soo glad she has found the perfect outlet for her "funkiness"! I have been amazed by her abilities since I saw her first pictures, and still get excited everytime I look at her stuff!!! P.S I do take a little credit for making her share her awesome talent with the world! :)

Sarah Z said...

Amazing art!
Thanks
Sarah
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FDP 4 Life said...

beautiful photos

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purango said...

I love these photographs. I would love to win a print. garrettsambo@aol.com

lilyk said...

Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!

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