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Art & Life with Angie McMonigal

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angie McMonigal.

Angie, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I began photography over 15 years ago with a film camera, mainly to take better photos on vacation but quickly realized I had a passion for it. I spent time teaching myself the technical aspects of photography, then took classes at Chicago Photography Center to learn the darkroom techniques.

Around the time my kids were born, I began focusing on portrait work, but eventually realized this wasn’t what I loved doing related to photography. In 2012, I found my way to architecture photography and have been focusing on that since. Predominately on abstracts in this genre.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
By focusing on bold architectural details rather than sweeping cityscapes, my photography aims to celebrate those unexpectedly iconic elements hiding in plain sight.

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
I think one of the biggest challenges for artists is staying true to yourself. Not letting trends or others opinions sway you too much. We all want to stay relevant, to have our work appreciated. However, jumping all over the place is tempting to keep up or trusting others viewpoints without understanding where they’re coming from, and they understanding where you’re coming from. It’s good to take advice and criticisms but at the end of the day you need to stay true to yourself. To have focus and direction, yet room to grow.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Most often online and through social media:

Website –
Instagram – @angiemcmonigal
Facebook – Angie McMonigal Photography
Twitter – @angiemcmonigal

However, I have a few upcoming exhibitions:

-NOT JUST DRAWING: A LINE WITH INTENT, ARC Gallery, February 28 – March 24, 2018
-Perspective Gallery, April 5-29, 2018
-Depth of Field 2018, Center for Photographic Art, April 14 – May 20, 2018
-Foto Biennale, Barcelona, Spain, October 2018

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Image Credit:
Angie McMonigal

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