LomoAmigo Angela Izzo is known in our community for her striking, psychedelic style and on a recent trip to New Orleans for Halloween and the Day of the Dead, she knew she had to embrace her experimental practice in the name of the season.
Hi Angela, welcome back to Lomography magazine! Can you tell us what you've been up to since your last feature?
Thank you for having me back! I currently have a solo show at the Historic Rita House in Los Angeles, featuring ‘Mystical Creatures,’ my film photography series centered around the Tarot’s Major Arcana that will be showcased until January. I’ve also been working on my fashion photography with different film stocks and traveling in and around California.
Can you tell us what you decided to shoot in New Orleans during your trip?
What I love about New Orlean’s is its spellbinding energy. The city is drenched in history, making it impossible not to feel this urge to document every bit of it. It's like stepping into a living time capsule. My visit happened to be during Halloween and Day of the Dead, and I was on a mission to capture the city's unique essence during this amazing time. I marched in parades, wandered through cemeteries, and just immersed myself in the beauty of it all.
What inspired the trip to New Orleans specifically?
This marked my third or fourth visit to New Orleans, and going during spooky season had always been on my wish list. When my friend's place became available for the week in the heart of the French Quarter, I saw it as the perfect opportunity to fully submerge myself in the city's culture during that enchanting time.
What Lomography gear did you use for the trip? How did the gear compliment your vision?
On this particular journey, I was excited to try the 120 Diana F+ camera, complemented by my go-to Diana Mini and La Sardina. Each of these cameras has its own personality.
Do you have a favorite photo from your time in New Orleans?
I have a soft spot for the parade images. They capture such an exciting time when I got to march around the city with a lively group, all united in celebration. Plus, visiting one of the cemeteries added a unique and reflective dimension to the trip. Both moments hold a special place for me, each contributing to the vibrant memories from that time.
Do you have any tips or tricks for traveling with film gear?
From my experience: always double-check your equipment before hitting the road! It's important to make sure you have everything you need for the trip, and this is especially true with analogue gear. Some cities don't have camera stores that offer unique cameras and equipment, so it’s important to be stocked and ready to go.
Why shoot film time and time again as opposed to digital?
I love shooting with film because of the surprises each camera brings. Nowadays, everyone's just using their phones, but there's something uniquely special about film that digital can't quite capture. The unpredictability and distinctive quality of film add a level of authenticity that I really love.
Do you have any upcoming shoots or projects that you can give us a sneak peak into?
I've got a few tricks up my sleeve that I can't share just yet, but I'm always in the flow of showcasing my work in LA. I’m really excited for my upcoming show at the Pop Hop Shop in Highland Park for two weeks in April. I can't wait to share more about it soon!
Anything else you'd like to share?
Keep analogue alive!