Stories with Laura Ribatallada
We had a chance to talk with the talented Laura, an Artist and Photographer living in London. She talks to us about her process and her passion for Photography, Painting and teaching Art.
How do you start your day?
I am one of those people whose life doesn't start until I have a coffee in my hands, so that is basically the first thing I do. I have to confess the second thing is checking my phone. I also try to think about the day ahead and think positive thoughts to start the day in a good mood.
We'd love to know about your career path so far. Tell us how you got where you are now?
I have always been interested in art since I was a child I'd have a pencil in my hands drawing something. My parents weren't surprised at all when I told them I wanted to be an artist. So I went to University and studied Fine Arts. I specialised in Photography and once I graduated decide to study an MA in Fashion Photography. Afterward, I realised I had to think big and open my horizons if I wanted to work as a Photographer, so I decided to pack my things and with just a couple of interviews move to London. It has been 6 years since I made that decision and I have never regretted it. Nowadays I work as a photographer but also as a painter and art teacher.
What do you like about your work?
What I like about Photography is that I can capture my ideas quickly. I also enjoy playing with lights and shadows, especially with natural light. For painting, I like to not have a specific plan, that is what I enjoy most, letting the brush and paint go and see where they take me. Teaching art is very gratifying, to see how my students make beautiful drawings and are happy with the results.
What is the most challenging thing about your job?
Putting economical value into my work. Also, I find it hard to make people understand that it is work and I have to be paid for it. Because I enjoy doing it it doesn't mean it has to be for free. Everyone has a camera in their pockets these days, so it makes it harder to explain that Photography is more than just pressing a button. On the other hand, it gives people tools to develop their creativity which I think is great. But in general, I think we need to value the arts more.
What motivates you?
Seeing other people's work and results: pictures, art, work, projects. Motivates me to keep working and it also inspires me. Another thing that really inspires me it going into an Art Gallery, seems like the art atmosphere gets into my brain and unleashes my imagination.
How would you describe your home interior?
Artsy? I'm not sure, I try to keep it tidy, but I admit that I have to order my inside chaos. I like to admire there perfect interiors and houses, where it is all white and colour coordinated, but it doesn't feel real to me. I don't think I could manage to have that as my space. I like colour, I like to combine different furniture and styles, I prefer vintage furniture that new if I can choose. One thing I can confirm is that in my space you will always find plants and flowers.
What does success mean to you?
My concept of success has changed over the last few months. What I understand as success now is being satisfied and happy with what you have and what you have achieved in your life so far. Looking back and seeing how hard you have worked to get to where you are, and knowing you will be even better in the near future.
How do you relax?
When I am by myself I have a little ritual: I lit a candle, sit on the sofa with a coffee or tea, grab a fashion magazine, or read an online article. Looking at clothes relaxes me a lot.
What makes you the happiest?
Spending time with the amazing people I have in my life, even if it is just doing nothing at all but being together.
What was your first job?
I worked in a flower shop close to my parent's house. I wasn't getting paid, it was an internship, but I loved being surrounded by flowers and plants all day.
What's a favourite London thing to do?
My favourite plan in London happens on Sundays: I love going to Columbia Flower Market with a friend or by myself, buy some flowers, then meet a friend for brunch and wander around the streets of east London. Then grab a coffee and walk around Brick Lane and Spitalfields Market. I can't wait for the moment I will be able to enjoy that plan again!
What has helped you get to where you are so far?
My intuition. I don't always pay attention to it I must say, but if I do, I normally choose the best option for me. I also realised I am a brave person, I am scared of changes at the beginning but I always end up jumping into the unknown and adapting quickly. Also, the people that always support me and help me unconditionally are very important in my life.
Website Link: www.lauraribatallada.com
Instagram Link: @lauraribatallada
What Laura loves about her Jasmine and Patchouli Candle:
'The smell of course! It is soon going to be part of my relaxing ritual, that is why I think Jasmine and Patchouli was the best choice. I like the whole feel of Arokiyam London: its' incredible origin story and the way Joela manages her lovely business, all 100% natural and made in London."