Updated: Mar 27
GUSTO35 ARTIST SPOTLIGHT
WRITTEN BY: ALEC WELSH
Angelina's mother is Arabic and her dad is Polish-German. She describes her upbringing in Vancouver, Washington as, "Very different. It was difficult. I thought it was pretty normal until I started seeing other people." A draconian household described as; "Very strict, like a prison. I had no say." But this environment also created the bond between her and her own imagination, which inevitably lead to her creative path.
She recalls how she saved money and was able to purchase her first digital point-and-shoot. "That comes from my mom. She came from such a traumatic past. The healing for that comes from your imagination." Despite the artistry that's been happening in her mind from such a young age, Angie found it difficult to ever think of herself as a creative. "It wasn't until this year. Life took me on a totally different path. I'm so blessed to have found art."
Throughout high school, Angie was "such a GoPro kid". But it was something she never took seriously as a career path. Her father steered her towards reason and logic so she would continue to dedicate herself to academia and athleticism. Angi was ready to go to a four year university, but was eventually encouraged by her sister, who was attending the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising at the time, to try out for a modeling agency. To her surprise, Angi ended up getting signed. Soon after, packing her things and heading for Los Angeles.
With no friends in a new city, Angi spent extended periods of time by herself. "Once I looked in, it was able to come out." She started drawing and painting, creating in a way she had never done previously. "The one thing that I've always really connected to and that my heart always loves to capture and I want to show more of is nature". It reminds her of her trips, backpacking the Pacific Northwest with her parents.
"They fell in love with each other through nature, that's what they continue to do, is do those adventures and be in the forest. That's the only time our family really connects."
Shooting outdoors, exposed to the sporadic changes in lights and shadows, is the most difficult environment for a photographer to capture on film. So, why do it?
For Angelina, "The level you can impact people through film. That's why I want to go into it. It can be seen and felt so much clearer than a lot of art forms." Here at Gusto35, we'll be anxiously awaiting to see whatever else Angelina's lens catches.