100 Creatives 2012: Laura Burlton, Photographer, Dreams in Chalk

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What She Does: Laura Burlton is a photographer who does all the standard photographer things like weddings and portraits. She also produces startlingly original photographic art.

Her latest series is called "Dreams in Chalk," a co-production with her daughters and her daughters' friends. Burlton re-enacts fairy-tale settings using sidewalks and chalk drawings as backdrops and canvas. The idea grew out of family fairy-tale readings. Burlton shoots them with a primitive plastic toy camera and real film rather than digital. She's exhibited some of them in Houston, and other pieces hang in a New Orleans Magazine Street gallery.

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Laura Burlton
Why She Likes It: "I like the fact that it is fairly instantaneous. I like to capture personalities and memories. I like that it is available to the masses. I also love sharing my work online and looking at others' work as well. I could spend all day looking at photos! Photography shows us so much about the world and the human condition. I love it as a pure art form and method of expression."

What Inspires Her: "I get my inspiration from my kids, books, fairy tales, movies, other artists and photographers, everything, really. Some photographers that I have really admired have been Keith Carter, Sarah Moon and Lewis Carroll. Recently I have really been digging the work of Kamil Vojner, Luis Gonzalez Palma, Lori Vrba and Kristamas Klousch as well, among many, many others. I have also studied under Amy Blakemore and Will Michels, both amazing local Houston photographers."

If Not This, Then What: Being obviously visually orientated and handy with art, Burlton would pursue painting or illustration if she wasn't a photographer.

If Not Here, Then Where: "Austin, New Orleans or somewhere in Florida close to one of their amazing clear blue water beaches. I would also greatly enjoy Amsterdam and London."

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What's Next: Though she has a few more ideas in the works, Burlton plans to continue focusing on "Dreams in Chalk" for quite a while as it speaks deeply to her.

"My daughters (and occasionally friends) find themselves the subject of my fairy-tale world and I make them up to suit my inner vision's needs. One minute we may be interpreting a rather Grimm story, while the next we are trying to see the inner eye of a passing white rabbit. My chalk seems to have visions of its own and a need to help us create our own happily-ever-afters."

More Creatives for 2012
(In order of most recently published; click here for the full page).

David Peck, fashion designer
Rebecca Udden, theater director
Donae Cangelosi Chramosta, vintage designer handbag dealer
Paul Fredric, author
John Sparagana, photographer
Damon Smith, musician and visual artist
Geoff Winningham, photographer

Johnathon Michael Espinoza, visual artist
Jaemi Blair Loeb, conductor

Katya Horner, photographer
Johnathan Felton, artist
Nicoletta Maranos, cosplayer

Carol Simmons, hair stylist
Joseph "JoeP" Palmore, actor, poet
Greg Carter, director
Kenn McLaughlin, theater director
Justin Whitney, musician
Antone Pham, tattoo artist
Susie Silbert, crafts

Lauralee Capelo, hair designer
Marisol Monasterio, flamenco dancer
Carmina Bell, promoter and DJ
ReShonda Tate Billingsley, writer
Kiki Lucas, choreographer and director
J.J. Johnston, theater director
Mary Margaret Hansen, artist
Richard Tallent, photographer
Viswa Subbaraman, opera director
Emily Sloan, sculptor and performance artist
Sonja Roesch, gallery owner
Enrique Carreón-Robledo, conductor
Sandy Ewen, musician
Camella Clements, puppeteer

Wade Wilson, gallery owner

Magid Salmi, photographer
Carl Williams, playwright



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