My name is Angelica. But I go by Angie or Angel.
Originally from Sweden and France, I have lived in Switzerland my entire life.
My photography journey started at age 10, though I wouldn’t describe it as my passion then. My father played a big part in it, as he was the one who gifted me my very first little digital camera.
I grew up getting all my dad’s used camera bodies and lenses, shooting with DSLRs occasionally. It was not until I got my very first salary that I finally decided to buy my own equipment and better understand the world of photography.
It was only in 2020 that my passion for landscape photography started to grow, as I started spending time discovering the mountains that Switzerland offers. My will to capture rocky landscapes at night has become an obsession. I will immerse myself fully in the mountains by sleeping in the wilderness.
/Why composite photography
Composite photography came quickly after, mostly because I became bored of “just” shooting single images and felt my creativity was going down. Being an admirer of Cath Simard, I decided to try this art form and bought her online course on how to create your own composites. The next day, I headed to the mountains, slept in my car, and started hiking in the middle of the night to shoot two images I would put later together in post-production.
I had never felt so much excitement creating before. This was a tipping point in my photography career. After years of looking for a sense of purpose in my photography, compositing became the fuel to my creative brain. My mind and body started gravitating toward creating meaningful images, and that inner flame keeps getting bigger every day.
/The creative process
Night is at the heart of my creations, as I’ve always preferred working and creating at dusk while the world is falling asleep. It brings me a deep sense of focus. I get inspired by the night’s colors and lights; they speak to me more profoundly.
A lot of effort goes into one final piece. I will spend weeks, if not months, planning one image at one location in advance. I will then hike and stay up all night shooting, most of the time at freezing temperatures. I try to leave nothing to chance when the shooting days come. That increases my success rate in getting all the elements I need.
When I am back after a shoot, I usually let my images sit for a few days before touching them to ensure my vision is clear when I start. And when the time comes, isolation is critical for me to create and give the best of me, usually depriving me of food for hours until I am done.
I aim for my art to combine the elegance and roughness nature provides into sublime images. My creations intend to share the experience of a remote location at its finest. It is about bringing to life something that existed solely in my mind but manifested in nature. It is about interrogating reality and making it my own. My ultimate goal is to bring pristine beauty to the eyes, and composite photography is my way to achieve that purpose.