Rachele Angelo, Metro Pulse Triage Artist

Your photos have a wry, ironic slant to them with a joyous veneer. Would you say you're seeing the world through a candy coated lens?  What draws you to these scenes ?

Yes, in as much as is possible, I do try to see the world through a candy coated lens because it is through that lens that I find my pictures waiting to be taken. I truly believe there is an underlying sweetness to life and, when I am able to capture that spontaneous sweetness, I feel a great sense of fulfillment as an artist.

Who are your influences, photographic or otherwise?

With regard to photographers who have captured my imagination, there are a few that come to mind. I admire the playful way fashion photographer Tim Walker is able to imbue his images with quirky narratives. I'm also fascinated by the work of Diane Arbus. Her ability to cultivate a sense of intimacy with the strangest-looking people in a way that showed their humanity is very compelling to me.

What is it about photography that you're so drawn to?

I think of my life as a canvas and I love waking up every morning not knowing what kind of painting I'm going to get. To my mind, the role of the photographer is that of an editor of the visual world. I imagine the infinity of beautiful things happening at any given instant and I guess photography allows me to preserve a small portion of that beauty.

Are you interested in other forms of art?

I am currently working on some mixed media pieces that combine painting and photography. I'm really enjoying it, so I definitely think I will be doing more of it in the future.

When you're framing a photograph, what are you looking for?

Well, the pictures that I'm most proud of are ones in which there is a slightly ambiguous story for the viewer to guess at. I try to steer away from overly contrived compositions. I'm not really happy with an image unless it retains a sense of naturalism and candor.

How much of a part does post-production play into your photos?

As I've developed as a photographer, I've found post-production playing a lessened role. If the criteria that makes a good picture isn't there, I can't use Photoshop to put it there. I used to like to try, but I don't so much any more!