–An in-depth interview with a woman who graciously helped with CIRCUS' start and still to date one of our favorite people ever–photographer Angela Conners.
I'm Angela. Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but raised in Nashville, Tennessee. Traveling is my second passion in life. I sincerely want to visit the most horrific and undesirable destinations of the world to photograph them. I consider these destinations when planning trips. Friends always turn down the vacation idea of going to Khartoum, Sudan...
Why photography? Why is that your specific form of expression?
I started out modeling when I was 15 and soon became obsessed with what the photographers were doing while shooting. The craziest teacher in my high school, Debbie Chessor, soon became my mentor and best friend as she taught me everything I needed to know and still use every time I shoot.
I learned using digital slr's, but also played around with analog and darkroom photography. Film is wonderful for fine artists, but in today's world, digital photography only makes sense- especially for a photojournalist.
I take a very humanist approach when it comes to my photography as I receive fulfillment from creating beautiful images for others. Whether it be a portrait session where the model I work with leaves with a gain of confidence, or a commercial, product shoot that expresses exactly what an art director wanted, the gratitude from clients is what keeps me passionate.
Who or what inspires you?
Music plays a big role when it comes to what inspires me. Movies are inspirational to me if they are shot well. I judge this by pausing movies and television shows a lot. It gets pretty annoying.
You dabbled in modeling when you were younger (obviously since you're tall and GORGEOUS) why did you prefer being behind the camera?
When I was modeling, I was also super into photography. This started my freshman year of high school when I met my favorite professor of all time, Debbie Chessor. And suddenly I thought it was way cooler to be behind the scenes. I started gaining confidence by the shoots I took rather than the shots I was in.
What makes a great model?
A great model has to be very personable, easy-going and confident. The more relaxed a person is behind the camera, the easier it is to photograph them. They should be able to have a conversation with me while moving and posing. A great model will be able to always have energy in their eyes.
What are your favorite things to shoot?
I love editorial work. Whether I'm shooting a fashion spread or a new dish at an opening restaurant, I love having a few images to get the message across and give viewers the best feel for the story.
Hopes for the future? The next 5 years?
Graduate top of the (photography) department, have a portfolio that strongly represents my talents in all sorts of photography, have a good portfolio pieces/tearsheets, from a variety of publications (CIRCUS included!), and to have a full-time, salary job at a publication I respect.
–interview curated by BIANCA BETANCOURT