©2018 Mara Zaslove

ARTIST BIO

Mara Zaslove is a Los Angeles based photographer who thrives on creating visual conversations that embrace the diversity of the human spirit, the universality of aging and the beauty of the natural world.

She received a BA from the University of California, Berkeley and later, a Teaching Credential at U.C.L.A.  After completing her MA in Counseling and Guidance from California State, Northridge, she became a Licensed Marriage, Family and Child Therapist.

Her background as a therapist and a photographer assisted her in developing coursework to teach photography to typical and special needs children at a variety of institutions. She has also acted as a volunteer photographer for the Inner City Arts program as well as serving as the Staff Photographer for Diavolo, an internationally renowned dance company based in Los Angeles.

Primarily self-taught, she has also been fortunate to take workshops under the auspices of Aline Smithson through the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP).  Her work has been featured in numerous publications including Shadow and Light Magazine, F-Stop Magazine as well receiving Honorable Mention in several categories of the Annual 11th, 12thand 13thJulia Margaret Cameron Awards.  Mara currently lives in Santa Monica, CA.

ARTIST RESUMÉ

My photographs are entries to my soul, connecting the intangible to the tangible through light, time and memory. Using natural light to capture what I feel in my heart and my eyes, taking photographs has become as essential to me as breathing air, and in some ways, has evolved into my sixth sense. I thrive on creating visual conversations that embrace the universality of aging, childhood, life on the street and how “human beings” impact the natural world.

 

Growing up with a father who was a fine artist, I was surrounded by his work and sensibilities. His influence made a profound imprint on me and I often find myself mirroring his visual style. I innately respond to form, patterns, shapes and composition and find that this early exposure permeates my sense of balance and style.

 

As my photography has progressed, I have been drawn to capture the human stories set in natural environments. Either candid or anticipated, I seek to convey a uniqueness particular to each individual that invites the viewer to explore their own life's path with that of the subject documented.

EXHIBITIONS / GROUP SHOWS

PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS

  • 2016 Documented the creation and the development of (photographed over a period of several months/rehearsals) “49 Women Who Count” by Donna Sternberg and Doni Silver Simons performed at the Arena 1 Gallery located at the Santa Monica Airport Studios.

  • 2014-2016 Moderator for artists' critique groups through L.A.A.A., 2 years running.

  • 2016-Guest Curator judging the theme entitled “Comic Relief” for the L.A. Photo Curator photo competition.

  • 2015-Artist in Residence: Teaching photography to teens at Virginia Park, Santa Monica, CA.

  • 2010-2014 Staff Photographer for Diavolo: An Internationally Renowned Dance Company based at the Downtown Brewery, Los Angeles, CA.

  • 2011-2014 Involved as a photographer volunteer for the Inner City Arts program in Downtown, Los Angeles.

  • 2012 Photography Teacher for children in after school program for Elementary School Students at Beethoven Elementary in Los Angeles, CA.

  • 2010 Photography Teacher for children at KidznMotion, Santa Monica, CA.

PUBLICATIONS

  • My first self published book “Don't Send Me No Rocking Chair” will be introduced at the “FRESH” exhibition at LACP 2017.

  • My work was selected by the curators of “Color It Red 2017” to be featured in the Showcase Portfolio section of the March/April 2017 issue of Shadow & Light Magazine (RedDogNews.com).

  • “My Story” about Inge Rekenye was published in “Our Ever Changing World: Through the Eyes of Artists” Best of 2016 Art & Story, California. Book 6: Coordinated by Karrie Ross

  • Lenscratch posted photo for Earth Day, Mother's Day, L.A. March Protest.

  • CA Open 2016 Exhibition Catalogue

  • 2010 Prescott College publication, “Alligator Juniper,” Arizona.

  • 2009 Tatoo Highway Issue 16.

  • 2009 Shutterbug Magazine, Featured in “Picture This! A River Runs Through It”.

  • 2007 Shutterbug Magazine, Featured in “Lazy Days of Summer”.

  • 2006 Coastal Living Competition, 1st Runner Up.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • Artist member of LACP 2017.

  • Artist member of JAI, Los Angeles, since 2016.

  • 2009 Artist Member of Los Angeles Artist's Association, Gallery 825.

  • Artist member of Women in Photography International (WIPI).

  • Artist Member of APA, Los Angeles, 2016