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Check Out Ruben “Leo” Echegaray’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ruben “Leo” Echegaray.

Hi Ruben, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I was born in Mendoza, Argentina. At an early age, I developed a deep love for photography, road trips, and -more importantly- the mountains. My father, a photographer himself, handed me his Pentax and taught me the basics of photography. Fast forward, I moved to the US and started focusing on the visual arts, expanding my vision towards landscape photography. Although Miami was home, the mountains were calling, and I answered the immeasurable desire for exploration.

That’s why, after traveling several times to the Rocky Mountains, I settled in Colorado a few years ago, where a new chapter of my life started, wandering and documenting every corner of this beautiful state, first with a Canon 90D, and now with a Sony A7 R IV. Little would I know that what started as a dream would soon become a passion. That’s how “Colorado Wanderer” was born, a nickname I live for.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
As an immigrant, doors don’t open as quickly as we might see to others, and often you have to walk “several extra miles” to achieve your dream. All this shaped me as a person who never gives up and always pursues my dreams and goals, no matter what.

People say I have a mix of resiliency, determination, and -why not- stubbornness, for which challenges are no more than obstacles to overcome on a long journey. That’s why I love to explore, go on adventures, and confront the uncertainty of “what’s beyond” because that’s where the best experiences await.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m a business owner. In 2005, I joined a venture with a close friend -him as a marketing consultant and I as a graphic designer and brand manager- we launched a marketing and design agency called Ibis Studio, a boutique agency focused on a selected clientele worldwide. Today I work remotely, coordinating the team via Zoom, with the main office in Miami, Florida, and locations in New York and Colorado.

Also, I’m developing the “Colorado Wanderer” brand as a landscape photography signature, as well as fine prints, wall art, coffee table books, apparel, and accessories, to deliver a whole experience of our colorful state.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs, or other resources you think our readers should check out?
I am an energetic person who hardly sits and grabs a book. Instead, I spend most of my free time either traveling or learning and expanding my knowledge through online videos, testing new techniques of photography, edition, etc., also watching inspiring movies like The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Free Solo, or Into the Wild.

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