Self-Portrait © Lauren Howie Laur

Howie Laur, two last names no hyphen /rhymes with cauliflower/ Lauren Kathryn named after my great grandmother. I was born in Milwaukee and raised in Mequon, WI. I am an only child of my mother and one of five of my father. Contrary to popular belief I am not a spoiled brat. My mother is a psychotherapist and my father is sort of a jack of all trades. My family and I have the United States covered in each direction, my older sister in California, my older brother in Texas and my younger twin brother and sister in Massachusetts. I travel, as much as possible and anywhere I am able to go. I am blessed to have a large, loving and at times a little wild family. Okay, a little is an understatement, who else has wrapping paper fights every Christmas. As a little girl I enjoyed being in front of the camera /too much/ but today I am usually only behind it. My home flooded in 2008 /we live on the Milwaukee River/ and have no basement. This was my jumping off point to begin documenting my life. I didn't always know what I wanted to do when I grew up, but nothing has felt more fitting then photographing the world that created who I am now. At the moment I am 20 /almost 21/ going on 30, single for the time being and looking forward to life after 22 years of schooling. My favorite food is mashed potatoes, color is red and camera is a Holga. I have had the opportunity to have my work displayed twice /coming up on the third/ during Milwaukee's Gallery Night at Tulip Restaurant. My style is still in development, but am currently focused on place and determining if where we are is who we are.

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