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Check Out Stephanie De La Rua’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie De La Rua.

Hi Stephanie, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
My story begins with my fondest childhood memory of attending Sunday mass with my grandparents and waking up at what seemed like ‘the crack of dawn’ at a very young age. I come from a religious upbringing and attended religious ceremonies throughout my life. It was very important to my family for me to complete my sacraments of baptism, first communion and conformation. To this day I am reminded by my mother to give thanks and make sure I say my prayers and because of that, I have always felt guided and protected throughout my life.

I have always had a passion for photography and in my teens I would take photos of my city and neighborhood surroundings. It has been well over a decade since I became drawn to the juxtaposition of architectural design of headstones, statues and mausoleums and focused my medium solely to neo-gothic surroundings where I built an archive of churches and cemeteries throughout my travels along with my collection of religious symbols as homage to my childhood.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
No, I still struggle explaining my art to my peers. I feel that a lot of my photos speak without a need for explanation and context. There is a spiritual connection and story with every small art book I have published and for that I am grateful I am able to do interviews like this because this challenges me to explain my art to my audience.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am very proud to be able to share my work which allows me to create a deep personal connection with myself. I feel that it’s my personal calling and at this point, it has become a big part of my identity as an artist.

At this moment I am focused on doing installations and showcasing my work in different ways because up to this point it has been primarily through photo books and photo blogs.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
I do not believe in luck, I believe in divine intervention. I was placed here to share my art with the world.

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