Angie Rethwisch, Unraveled | An Interview

Angie is a mother to three crazy adventurous kids and wife to a farmer. She and her family live on a row crop farm in Northeast Nebraska. Raised on a farm family herself, she is deeply rooted in hard work, resilience, and appreciation for the simple life. She is drawn to documenting her family’s raw experiences on their land and creating unique and honest images that reflect their rural life. An Animal Scientist by trade, she finds creative inspiration in the connection between humans and animals. Much of her imagery includes the emotive bonds of her children and their animals. You will always find her near her horses, as she’s shown, raised, and ridden them since the age of twelve.

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Here is Angie, Unraveled…

What inspired your art?

My children are my muses. The outdoors and motherhood inspire most of my art. 

What do you shoot with? Camera body and favorite lens?

I shoot with a Sony A7iii and my favorite lens is my Sigma Art 35 mm 1.4.

What other ways do you express your creativity?

Exploring, imagining, and making things with my hands outside. Whether it’s creating a fort in the trees with the kids or planting things on our farm I am inspired by natural elements. 

How do you de-stress at the end of the day?

My biggest destress is riding my horses, but I also love to read, mainly non-fiction. I’m a crime junkie so i watch murder mysteries after the kids go to bed.  

What kind of music do you listen to while editing?

I’m a country girl so I often listen to old school country while I edit.

What is your favorite book?

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

Name one movie that inspires you.

The Revenant. The cinematography and scenery is moody and beautiful.

How do you handle self-doubt or creative slumps?

I take a break from social media and soak in my surroundings. The environment and being outside usually rejuvenates me and inspires me to create something. I generally dive into something non photography related and that makes me more excited to pick up my camera when I decide to come back to it.

What has been the most difficult part of your creative journey?

I think having the confidence and belief in myself that I am creative and have a unique talent as a photographer. I am self-taught, but am educated as a research scientist so the black and white element to reasoning that I learned throughout my education doesn’t always apply to my art. There are so many different ways to get to the end result in photography. I’ve had to learn that and in the end that’s what draws me toward it.

Who is one of your favorite photographers?

Niki Boon

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