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Meet Laura Arango of Larango.fotografa

Today we’d like to introduce you to Laura Arango.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Laura. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Life revolves around stories and since little I would rather sit on the stinky pavement on the streets of Bogotá, Colombia (where I am from) and listen to all those stories from those individuals who are often neglected and marginalized.

Colombia is where my heart has always and will always belong to, but my soul needed more roads to travel, more cultures, more challenges. So, I went to Australia to do my Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Transnational Studies. This opportunity connected me with people from different countries whose views strongly opposed to mine, whose habits strongly differ to mine.

And from this experience combined with a harsh self-reflective journey, I’ve learned a life rule that I have lived with up until now:
“LISTEN to others, don’t anticipate because your initial need to react and create your own statement may not hold up to scrutiny. Every single one of us has our single and unique experiences that don’t need to be validated by others or by society, but by your own.

Ok, then my first break-up (classic, I know) needed to happen in order to rediscover myself and my own identity. With a shaved head, little money and no clue of where I was going to, I bought my tickets to Nepal, where I went hiking in The Himalayas.

With a shitty camera that I borrowed I happened to create a sublime connection with photography and the world around me, which up to date my camera became my tool and the main reason I live for, which is to explore, create, connect and open up dialogue … But more importantly, TO LISTEN AND TO HUMANIZE THE “OTHER”.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
For some people, this term is either obsolete or simply a privilege, But for others, it means a huge burden and a REAL pain in the butt: VISAS!

Visas, visas visas : Probably my most conflicting term because it has given me the ability to travel the world and to pursue my dreams, whilst always reminding me that the place I was born has strong limitations because the media and politics have constantly portrayed us as a threat, as a bunch of nephews from Pablo Escobar.

My journey in this life has been very rocky because of this. In Australia, to find a job in Journalism was impossible because of my visa limitations. Even interning was difficult because the system sets this rules that are unrealistic to comply with. I’ve made very wrong decisions based on the fear of losing what I accomplished with so much studies and hard work in other countries…

And this has both drained my energy but given me the resilience that nowadays characterizes me.

Larango.fotografa – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am all about that candid moment captured forever. I have always been described as a chameleon, both in my personality and in my photography. I don’t look at the world or in a situation. I blend in. I smile at and with people. I ask how they feel, who they are… I create connections…. volatile connections sometimes, but still connections that I carry one by one in my memories.

I don’t like to talk about my work. I actually think that photographers/artists should talk less about what they do but rather why they do it and why their work is relevant/important to society and themselves.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Hmmm… Success is when you learn to live without trying to satisfy the demands of others. Sucess is when you never dishonor the very honesty of knowing and accepting yourself, with your flaws and darkest secrets as well as your reasons to live and dream.

Sucess is when your greatest fear is not to be successful, but to not be humble and accepting of your own set of values and passions.

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