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Art & Life with Angel Miranda Jr.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angel Miranda Jr..

Angel, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Back in 2012, I moved to Los Angeles, attempting to chase the typical Hollywood dream. Although that idea ended shortly after, I knew being around the LA creative culture would be good for me (so I stayed). It wasn’t until a few years ago that I finally found something I couldn’t shake. To be honest, being behind a camera had always excited me, but I wouldn’t consider photography a possible career/hobby until 2014.

Smartphone camera’s and photography apps were becoming a very common and reliable option on the go. I would say it was around this time that a good friend of mine would show me a basic editing treat using a stock iPhone app. I was blown away by how easily he could change the look and feel of a picture. How by changing a few settings, you could literally bring emotion to a photo.

I was hooked and immediately wanted to challenge myself. I thought the best way to get experience was to go out and get it. I would start a daily photo challenge using my resources (iPhone) and would make it all the way to photo 74 without missing a day. At this point, I would realize how comfortable I was with manually editing pictures and was soon downloading every photography app I could find.

Since then I have purchased a camera, networked with a few like minded people and focus on creating portrait and street photos. I have no plans of stopping.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I know this may sound cliche, but for as long as I can remember, I’ve always been drawn to beautiful things. Whether it be man-made or a mother nature thing, I want to remember my experiences. I’m drawn to the bright, flashy and colorful, and it usually translates into my pictures. I not only want to capture the physical but to also present emotion. It should spark a feeling and even better a conversation. Most of my work is portrait or street photography with the intention of creating some type of story. It will always be my end goal to inspire love, humor or pure curiosity. With that, I would eventually like to work on creating something that would promote empathy for people and their culture. I think diversity is an incredible option that we sometimes take for granted and could improve on.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
As a photographer, I think we have great resources. Instagram is a really good place to meet and network with like-minded people. I would suggest that every photographer do a search on IG in their area to find people with similar styles. See if there are any meetups in your area that could potentially help you network. I know there are several in the greater Los Angeles area where photographers and models get together on a regular basis and create magic. This has helped me greatly with progressing my craft and developing great product.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can find me on Instagram (IG: angelmirandajr) and support me by hitting that IG follow button. My email address is provide on my profile should you ever want to work together. I’m always open to collaboration and networking.

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Image Credit:
Natasha Elias
Tiago Martinez
David Hemphill
Gaby Herrera
Stevie Belleperche
Jessika A

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