I joined the U.S. Army in 2017 as a Combat...
I joined the U.S. Army in 2017 as a Combat Documentation/Production Specialist and received training from the Defense Information School in photography and videography.

I have documented military training events in multiple countries and worked as the sole photographer on Erbil Air Base while deployed to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq where I photographed both U.S. and Kurdish soldiers. Photographs I took have been used on Operation Inherent Resolve's social media accounts, featured on the Department of Defense's website, and printed in issues of Stars and Stripes. A photograph I took while deployed was awarded 3rd place in the news category of the 2020 Military Visual Awards.

When I was not on missions for the Army, I traveled to Washington D.C. to photograph protests, holiday celebrations, and daily life in the nation’s capital.

In 2020 I was selected to attend Syracuse University's Military Photojournalism Program. I attended two semesters worth of classes on topics including media writing, first amendment law, audio storytelling, and design. During the program I created two long-form photography projects: one on public service in Syracuse and one on the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge.

So far I have focused on photographing current events, but in the future I hope to create photo stories centered on how people interact with the natural world and how wildlife has had to adapt to our encroachment.

Instagram: @angelruszkiewicz
Email: angel.ruszkiewicz@gmail.com

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