• Tumblr Tuesday: Angela Blumen

    We’re always scouring Tumblr for up-and-coming artists, photographers and interesting people to follow. On Tumblr Tuesdays we dig a little deeper, introducing you to a new person whose point-of-view we’re reblogging this week.

    Meet Angela Blumen, an up-and-coming photographer based in Stockholm who's working as a designer, and bouncing between NYC and Copenhagen in her free time. We love her sunny, bright shots of European city life, as well as her quieter still life portraits. No matter what, we're always coming back for more on her Tumblr. Below, we speak to the artist about what gear she likes to shoot with, what her day-to-day life is like, and the stories behind five of her favorite photos.

    Hi Angela! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
    At the moment I work a 9 to 5 job in Stockholm as a designer/basically doing everything. I’ve a Bachelor in media and communication and I publish a magazine called Sucre - it’s print only. I’ve been moving a lot since I got out of high school, but I’ve mostly been living in Stockholm and Copenhagen, and a bit in New York.

    How did you get started in photography?
    I’ve been really into music since around the age of 15, and also into journalism. All that combined led me to photographing concerts and then when I moved out of my house I started documenting my life through an analog camera my grandpa gave to me. I’ve also decided that studying photography would not come into question, so I pursued my other interests but always kept on photographing. Today, I think photography is not just taking a picture, and by working within the media industry I feel like I also learn a lot about the actual art of photographing (i.e. design, art direction, basic planning).

    What subjects are you most drawn to?
    A lot of light and people with good energy. I also love independent fashion and would love to photograph for a fashion brand!

    Favorite gear?
    My Nikon analog camera, and a color film from Kodak, either Portra 400 or Ektar 100.

    What feeling do you most try to convey with your photos?
    Something positive and encouraging. I’m tired of all the darkness in art!

    Does your photography style translate to your fashion at all? What is your personal clothing style like?
    It actually does! I do dress in a lot of color but I still keep it minimal.

    Can you tell us a few of your favorite Tumblrs to follow?
    Paranoid Darts

    What's one thing you're looking forward to this coming year?
    Traveling to Lisbon, exhibiting and publishing my magazine Sucre, working on more independent projects, and shooting new faces!

    Favorite food: Cheese 4-ever.
    Favorite drink: A good espresso.
    One band you could listen to forever: Animal Collective!
    One place you want to go before you die: Pacific Island of any choice (preferably with a blooming nature and culture) or a desert!
    Favorite song: The past few months I’ve had this one on repeat quite often.
    Most-worn item of clothing: A green alpaca/wool pullover I got second hand in Copenhagen. Yes, I do live in the cold most of the year.
    Personal hero: People that stay true to themselves but are still not afraid of changing their mind. I’ve heaps of people I really look up to, both close friends and famous people.

    Can you tell us the stories behind five of your favorite photos?

    Dune du Pyla – traveling with my partner in crime, Sophie, to meet a tumblr friend of ours, Juliette. And then her taking us to this wonderful place – first you enter a boreal forest, then you climb the dune and then you see the ocean. What more can you ask for?

    Barcelona in the winter in some café near the beach. It was my first time there and it’s one of the cities I could imagine living in. It’s also taken with my middle format camera!

    Estepona, Andalusia, Spain. A lot of cities there have streets with a color code for their flower pots. In general there are so many flowers and colors all around. The perfect place to be.

    I love this girl more than she loves cats. I spent last summer in New York, and she literally saved my life. I ended up living at her place and we became really close friends. She’s a cat charmer so all cats in New York will belong to her someday!

    When I lived in Copenhagen I spent some of my weekends at this loft where my friends live. It’s a beautifully illuminated apartment, and there was always good food served (in, of course, good company).

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