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. More »