Angela Douglas Ramsey is a mother, teacher, student and daughter. Angela spent a year living out of her car slowly migrating from Mexico to Washington visiting every famous surf spot and documenting her experience, she has lived in eastern Virginia her entire life. From an early age, she has had a passion for documenting life through the lens of a camera. She believes art resides in the fleeting moments of everyday life. She documents her family's story and explores identity through self portraits, she also focuses on environmental issues in her hometown of Norfolk, Va. Angela has been featured in multiple magazines, won numerous awards and exhibitions.
Angela's Artistic Journey
I realized I was an artist at a young age - eleven to be exact. In elementary school, I auditioned to go to a magnet school. I went for dance. Twice a week, a bus picked me up and took me to another school to dance for 3 glorious hours. They were the best hours. I loved to dance. I still love to dance. I feel like a photographer is a dancer in some ways; we are always moving to get the perfect image, sometimes it’s quick and sharp, and other times it is slow and graceful. One day during class, my teacher asked us to be a flower starting from seed and grow into a flower through movement. It was one of the first times that I felt completely in the zone. My teacher came up to me after class and applauded my creativity and said I was a beautiful artist. Those words have stuck with me for the rest of my life.
Discover Your Inner Creative
Creativity. We all have it, but sometimes we don't know where to find it. In this class, we will talk about what creativity is, how to harness it, and how to make it a part of your day to day. We will talk about the process of creative practice. We will talk about how to generate ideas, fear, overcoming self doubt, finding your tribe, creative problem solving, and making creativity a daily habit.
The class will talk about the process of making images over the final outcome and why we should make “ bad images" to help us push through our creative ruts. Students will walk away feeling inspired and have an outline as to how to implement their personal creative practice.
Image Critique Panelist
Angela is joining a panel of photographers to critique participant images submitted to Call Me Artist.
Live Chat Host
Angela is hosting a Live Chat with participants during the retreat!