Q&A: Angela Strassheim


What part of the planet would you like to explore? Caves and the Fuji Islands, can I bring my own crew for lighting, safety, and food? Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Live life being true to yourself and to those you love. Who would you most like to see embarrass themselves? Anyone who needs to be brought down a notch. Name a design flaw in the human body. Knees need a better design, they fail us too soon in life. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. This Louis Faurer image. It’s this complexity I strive for. I always come back to this image. What is it that interests you about photography? It’s abilty to capture emotion and a split second perfect moment, it’s ability to communicate thoughts, questions, and ideas. If your photographs could talk, what would most of them say? I would hope they ask more questions than they answer. What Was The Last Crime You Witnessed? Yesterday. A couple was taking their two 11/12 yr old children to the movies. These children were I’d say close to 200lbs and the parents bought them both large buckets of popcorn, large sodas, plus more sweet snacks. It was so painful to watch.

If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? Miriam from the Bible. Ultimate Camera? A true digital 4×5” format camera that lets you use your swings and tilts and doesn’t sacrifice the capture frame and quality. Most Used Camera? Embarrassingly I use my iphone constantly, but I still photograph with a 4×5 view camera when it’s important, and when I have the time and it’s available. Name one smell that triggers an abstract memory. My dogs paws. They remind me of popcorn and movies. I don’t really eat popcorn any more because I am sensitive to corn so it’s a very sweet yet very complex set of memories that run through my head from my teenage years. Describe your generation. A generation that cares about the future as we desperately try to raise children who respect their elders which seems to have gotten lost in the past ten years. The world is still full of endless possibilities and I think our generation is special in that there are many people today trying and succeeding in entrepreneurship’s related to a more green and healthy environment in many ways.

Describe A Cheap Thrill. Ice cream or dark chocolate. Which talent would you most like to have? To be able to sing beautifully and seductively. Name a quality about the opposite sex that you find unattractive. Their need to constantly be playing video games, on the lap top, but especially on the Iphone. Is it a male thing? It seems that way. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Option 1-Yoga, catch up on phone calls and emails all day, cook, play with my son before dinner and after dinner until bedtime. Option 2-Drop off my son to daycare so that I can drive 11⁄2-2 hours into my studio, work for 3 hours, then drive another 11⁄2-2 hours home to pick up my son, cook dinner, eat together as a family, bedtime for the boy, maybe an hour or so watching a cooking show or programmed TV series with my husband.

Angela Strassheim – from the series “Left Behind”.