Maureen J Haldeman, a native of The Netherlands and raised in Montreal now resides in Malibu, California where she established MJH Photography specializing in portraiture. After attending art history and fine art photography studies at UCLA under Robert Heineken, she began photographing the natural landscape – primarily abstractions of the ocean. Her interest in abstractions and architecture also drew her focus to the urban landscape and the abstractions inherent in architecture.

Maureen has taught photography and darkroom skills at the college level and done freelance work for publications including The Los Angeles Times. She has been commissioned to do private photographic projects for the entertainment industry and her photographs are often used for film and television set design. Many of her images have been featured in publications & blogs including Black and White Magazine, Artillery Magazine, Silvershots, L’Oeil de la Photographie, Lenscratch, Shadow and Light Magazine and Artdoc, as well as in photography and art related books, including three self-published books of her photographs. Her work has also been featured by Duncan Miller Gallery’s ‘YourDailyPhotograph’ in Los Angeles, making it available for international sales.

She has participated in group and solo exhibitions in galleries and art fairs throughout the United States and abroad, including exhibitions in Paris, Milan, Tokyo, Budapest, Barcelona, Rome, Athens, and most recently in London.

Her photographs are part of private collections, The City of Malibu’s public collection, the Los Angeles Public Library archives and the Bieneke Library at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

Haldeman was appointed to serve as a member of the Malibu Arts Task Force, the first committee formed by the City of Malibu to identify public art opportunities and implement a public arts policy for the City. She continues to be active in art-related events in her community.

Maureen Haldeman is represented by Fabrik Projects Gallery in Los Angeles, California and ECAD-London Gallery in London, UK

 

Statement:

The Ethereal Essence series explores abstract designs contained in the world of plants and flowers, emphasizing details of graceful shapes, sculptural form and design. These images go beyond the boundaries of traditional floral depictions to reveal the abstract dimensions within each plant or blossom; they reveal the innate exquisite elegance and simplicity of nature’s artistry.

The ethereal quality of the abstract imagery is enhanced using the solarization effect, further removing the black and white flowers from reality by adding an otherwordly quality.