featuring Jessica D'angelo; photographed by angela lewis; written by erin klassen; inspired by HAPPY IF YOU KNOW IT BY various artists

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writing a new chapter

We've long admired Jessica D'Angelo's approach to interactive, installation-based work and invited her to collaborate with our favourite photographer to work with, Angela Lewis. In Jessica’s own words: "I wanted to build a piece that would interact with the environment, and that I could also interact with. The fabric became an extension of the wind, the light, and the inner-workings of myself."  Jessica chose quotes from Happy If You Know It that especially spoke to her as a way to ground the shoot in the feelings and ideas that first inspired her concept. We chose to shoot at the beach: a vast, unencumbered landscape particularly inspiring to both Jessica and Angela. The Universe conspired (as it so often does) and we were rewarded by a perfectly moody and grey summer's day.

Installation & concept by Jessica D'Angelo. Photography by Angela Lewis. Design elements by Hannah Browne. Produced by With/out Pretend. Quotes, in order, credited to: Anaïs Nin, Erin Klassen, Jill Andrew.

In each installment of this series, we ask a photographer we love to produce a visual story in collaboration with an artist who inspires us. The artist gets to play the role of the subject behind the lens, and the collaboration manifests in response to something (a story, quote, paragraph, visual) in our body of work that moves our subject to create, elaborate, design, engage.