Have you heard about this “potentially historic” we’re supposed to get in the Northeast? Just when I thought we were going to make it through a winter without a crazy amount of snow like we have had three out of the last four winters (at least) we wind of this (no pun intended). It’s makes me want to pack up my bags and head somewhere much, much warmer.
While I have enjoyed spending this month at home, I always have the travel bug. Sam, Eve and I were thisclose to going to the Azores a week ago with Sam’s parents to celebrate my father-in-law’s 60t birthday. (Then I realized just how unappealing going on a redeye flight with a toddler was.) While I might not be going anywhere outside of the Northeast anytime soon, I can temporarily sate my wanderlust by looking at beautiful photographs from other people’s travels, like that of Leah Ramuglia.
I was fortunate to be next to Leah at one of my holidays shows this past November, where we connected over our love of traveling. Unlike me, however, Leah is a phenomenal photographer who tells stories through her work. As she writes on her website: “I am a photographer passionate about traveling and sharing the world through my images…The people I meet, the landscapes I roam through, and the exotic wildlife I see are all things that inspire me. With my camera, I can share my inspiration with you.” Come wander the world with me for a few minutes as we travel the world through Leah’s camera.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your work.
I love travel, chocolate, and good food. I hadn’t traveled much internationally until my 20’s and since I’ve visited 16 countries. My work is mostly travel photography because I’m passionate about sharing my experiences after returning from a trip.
How did you get started doing photography?
I’ve always had an interest in photography, for as long as I can remember. I got my first camera in middle school and haven’t been without one since.
What do you like most about having your own creative business?
My favorite part of having my own creative business is trying something new at a moment’s notice.
What inspires you to photograph?
I have a terrible memory. If I don’t have a photo of it, chances are I forgot about it. I love looking back at photographs and reminiscing of that the experience, whether it was with family, friends, or new people discovering new places.
What is the most interesting thing you have photographed?
It was early morning in the Serengeti and a heard of Tomson’s Gazelle ran suddenly, they were being hunted. A baby gazelle had been caught by a cheetah. But the cheetah didn’t eat the gazelle; she was teaching her cub to hunt. I watched and watched as the baby gazelle tried to escape while the young cheetah cub was practicing hunting it. The baby gazelle would get up, run and get swatted at and trampled by the cheetah cub. After resting for a few minutes the gazelle would get up and make a run for it, trying to escape again and again. I was watching what I thought was the slowest death ever, and out of no where, a lion showed up.
In hindsight I realized that the mother cheetah had noticed the lioness arriving much before I did, I was so distracted watching the cub hunt. The lioness had heard the whimpering of the baby gazelle and was hungry. Food is scarce in July when most animals have left the Serengeti migrating to Kenya. It was clear that the lion is king of the jungle, or in this case Queen of the jungle. Two cheetahs already had the gazelle, but they wouldn’t keep it with a lion quickly approaching. The lioness was running straight at the cheetah cub and baby gazelle. As soon as the cheetah cub was distracted by the large lioness, the gazelle tried its escape plan one more time. This time it worked. Imagine that. Two cheetahs, a lion, and a baby gazelle, and the baby gazelle lives. It was the most incredible moment of nature I’ve ever seen and I wouldn’t have believed this if I didn’t witness it with my own eyes. [You can see the photos of it here.]
What is your favorite handmade item you have bought or received?
On my first trip to Southeast Asia, I was on my way to the Pak Ou Caves along the Mekong River. We stopped to see some locals selling their beautiful artwork. I bought a painting of three monks dressed in their vibrant orange robes. Each monk is holding a black umbrella to shield himself from the sun and they are walking in a row by the temple. The painting struck me, even before my own interactions with the monks in Laos. It was gently painted on handmade paper the texture and tattered edges show that beautifully. When I look at it hanging on my wall it transports me back to that warm December day, my first in Laos, and the journey in Southeast Asia that I was about to embark on.
When you are not taking photos, what do you like to do with your time?
When I’m not taking photos or traveling, I’m probably spending time with my friends and family, or working my full-time job.
What is something people might not know about you?
Since graduating college I’ve been focused on photography and my job in the travel industry but while in college I minored in Neuroscience. I even spent a semester doing Neuroscience research in the nearby medical university.
What is one piece of advice you would offer to others with their own creative business?
We’re creative people — which makes us great us great at our crafts. But if you’re like me, procrastination can sometimes get in the way of the business side of things. I know I’m guilty of that. You can be an amazing artist but you need to pay attention to your customers and your numbers.
Thank you for being on my blog today, Leah, and be sure to check out her website!