We had the good fortune of connecting with Angela Ledyard and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angela, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
I feel that the deciding factor of whether you keep going or give up is best determined by your passion. When your passion is no longer the driving force and your lust to attain whatever it is that you want has diminished, it’s time to let it go. But, as long as you have desire, your passion is fueling you and the fire inside grows no matter what comes your way, those are obvious signs to keep going. Nothing can hold you back when your passion is strong and it fuels you.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Photography has been in my heart for many years. It’s something that I never grew tired of. It’s a passion that is deeply rooted in me and excites me in ways that only photographers can relate to. I guess I can say it’s my romance. There’s just so much beauty and creativity in this world and photography pauses those moments so that they can be lived again and shared. It can be the fine details of a gorgeous flower, the aerial view of an aesthetically pleasing park, or the radiance of a setting sun. These few things are so simple, yet magical. Photography in general is a male dominated art form. When it comes to landscape and nature photography, women are still in a very small percentage. Being a black woman in landscape photography is a rarity. It’s not glamorous and you spend many long hours outside, sometimes hikes to remote places can be miles, and all while carrying your gear. But, I LOVE it! Nurturing my passion is how I got to where I am professionally. That involved being vulnerable by sharing my love with the world. You have to be you and have your style. There are millions of mountain and sunset images, but what’s important is capturing the very essence of how you see it. Social media platforms are nice, but I think many people get caught up in the numbers of “likes” as a measurement to success. The measurement isn’t the likes, it’s in the number of people that order your images or book your service. The biggest challenge of being a landscape photographer is the ability to adapt to conditions that are not in your control. Mother Nature can produce some of the most stunning settings and they can drastically change at the blink of an eye. You have to be flexible and be ready to wait hours for that shot you envisioned. The anticipation is exciting. In knowing about me is to know that I am a woman in love with self and nature. Nature is a connection and should be appreciated. Connecting with self is to connect with nature. My photography is capturing that connection. An image is a feeling of love and each image that I share, is the sharing of love so that we all can appreciate nature together.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We would eat at Oscar’s Mexican Seafood and then head over to hike the beach trail at Torrey Pines Natural Reserve. It is one of my favorite areas to take a visiting friend. We park up in Del Mar and walk down along the beach to the reserve. An early morning hike at Cowles Mountain is another beauty to visit. Head over to Breakfast Bitch to restore the energy that had been depleted from the hike. Kayaking at Mission Bay is a must followed by some good eats at the Rollin Roots vegan food truck. There Mac-n-Cheese balls are da bomb! Hydrobiking at Mission Bay at Aqua Adventures and then eating at Aquarius Bar & Grille for their vegan burger. We would grab some coffee and avocado toast from Better Buzz Coffee and then walk along Harbor Island with the gorgeous city scape views. I could name many more but I kept it simple…LOL.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my daughter, Andee Walker. She has been a driving force to where I am today. Throughout her life, our family traveled to many cities in the U.S. and she was exposed to many different people and cultures. Exposing her to these things was very important to me as there is much to see in the world and it has so much to offer. She is a writer. I wanted to provide her with experiences that she could share in her books. I taught her to live life and experience as much as she could. As her mother, I wanted to do all I could to nourish her talent. She grew up watching my very active lifestyle. One aspect of my life is my love of landscape photography. For years, I was content with just showing my images to family and friends. My daughter convinced me to start showing my photography beyond family and friends. Then she created an Etsy page to sell my images and assisted me during my first photography showcase. We encourage and motivate each other when it comes to our passions. I’m thankful, blessed and recognize my daughter for being my motivator, for her encouragement, and being the best part of my life.
Photo of Angela Ledyard by Wayne Roberts Photography. All other images by Angela Ledyard