Angela Feyeux is a vibrant citizen of Hollywood and the vivacious, gutsy founder of Humans of Hollywood, Florida.
“When I moved to Hollywood in June of 2013, I knew no one in this town,” says Feyeux. “I was unemployed and kind of lonely, so I gave myself an assignment: Try to talk to 3 people a day and photograph them.”
“I felt a need to connect.”Photo by Carlos Perez
So, Feyeux set out to integrate this “social experiment” into her daily activities. “I find people on Hollywood Boulevard, Home Depot, on the beach, the grocers, HomeGoods, wherever I am.”
Her goal was not just to get candid shots, but to approach people and have a conversation, a connection, if they were open to it. “I would like to know how and why we all landed in Hollywood,” she says. “In my two years of doing this, only two people have said no. Everybody has a story to share.”
Feyeux’s fascination lies in peoples’ attraction to this town. “Why do we all live here?” She asks, “What is it about Hollywood that attracts such an eclectic crowd?”
Maybe it’s the quaintness of the town, the beauty of the beach, or the charm of the many diverse and talented people that live here – just like Feyeux.
A long time street photographer and art teacher, Feyeux is an organic artist. “My work feeds me in a way that nothing else can,” she says.
Feyeux attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and recalls carrying her Nikon everywhere she went from the age of 19. That was the early seventies.
“I went to the Bowery in my denim mini and clogs,” she recalls. “The only difference from photographing down in the Bowery, is I now use my IPhone 6. It takes better pictures than my old Nikon.”
Yes, gone are the days of negatives and dark rooms, seemingly an “old world” craft that many will never come to appreciate. But that does not change Feyeux’s method or style. “I want to capture the raw moment. You can’t clean it up. Otherwise it ruins the spontaneity.”
Feyeux uses this recipe in her drawings and collages as well. “If it matches too much, I don’t want it. I don’t want to overwork the art.”
Once Feyeux hooks up with Hollywood folks, she gets a story and photo and posts them on her colorful Facebook page, Humans of Hollywood, Florida.
“It’s a taste of Hollywood,” she says. “I want to support the mom and pops, the town, the community-not the chains.”Eddie, owner of Parrot Coffee on Hollywood Boulevard, says, “I like the diversity of Hollywood and the fact that it’s not too expensive or over-developed.”
Feyeux invites everyone to ‘like’ and follow her page, Humans of Hollywood Florida. “I want other Humans to join, comment and enjoy one another, but please no derogatory remarks. And I would like to be a Human of Hollywood if I could ever be considered!”Photo by Carlos Perez