We had the good fortune of connecting with Angela Izzo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angela, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Taking risks plays a huge role in my life and career. At the age of 19 I moved across the country from FL to CA. where I majored in photo-journalism and visual arts. Not knowing anyone, I got into the local mix documenting the music and art scene, and later moved to Los Angeles where I got involved with the underground art scene. I collaborated with edgy artists doing pop up shows and multimedia events. I like to take risks with photo shoots where everything is not pre-planned. I work with my subjects as muses in interesting locations, so the process of taking the photograph is the act of creation. I also like to experiment with different photo techniques, there is a risk to using analog film on important projects since you can’t see it until it’s developed, but I like the results so I’m willing to take the risk.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Overall, you have to be your biggest fan and truly believe in yourself. It may sound cheesy to say but my motto is “Just Do It”. It’s true! People ask me all the time about film photography and the trial and errors, and I say you just gotta do it. It will break your heart at times but that’s what makes you a stronger artist. I definitely push myself by experimenting with different film and camera techniques outside the digital world. I often like to work all in camera to create trippy effects that are authentic and not done through post.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I absolutely love bringing friends on a wild adventure, lots of times I get invited to events at the last minute and I bring my camera to document whatever happens along the way. Let’s get in the car and cruise up the Pacific Coast Highway, then we’ll hop off somewhere along the coast, maybe go under the pier or find an interesting rock formation. I’ll ask you to pose for a spontaneous fashion photo film series. Then we finish it off with sunset at a private art event with electronic audiovisual artists. During the day we can go to art gallery openings and explore local parks, get vegan tacos, and meet new people along the way.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Through my journey I have met so many amazing people that helped me along the way, even for a brief moment someone can change your life and I am grateful to those that believed in me and invited me into their worlds. That’s what I love about what I do, living other lives. A few I would like to give a shout out to is Linda Perry for the opportunity to working with legends like Dolly Parton, and Eric A Zimmerman for being my partner in crime and mentor, Neal Casal for inviting me into his world and believing in me, my mother for being the most supportive on my endeavors. The music and art community, and the underground audiovisual artists in The Benders Circuit documentary series I am completing.
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