"I believe that the light in autumn and winter truly has something special about it, it has got a component that is difficult to describe. I don’t know if it’s the colour or the clarity."
Tomeu Canyellas in Instagram
Tomeu Cañellas is a professional photographer born in Mallorca in 1980 where he currently lives and works. A Scientist by training, Tomeu Canyellas got a degree in Marine Sciences at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and later got a PhD in Marine Sciences at the University of the Balearic Islands.
From 2011 until now, he has been working as a photographer professionally, specialising in architecture and landscape. Nowadays, he is the owner of gallery and studio in Palma located at Calle Missió 33, that specialises in artistic landscape photography, architecture and interior design.
His work has received recognition at various national and international competitions, amongst which we could highlight are honourable mention at the International Photography Awards in Los Angeles and Prix de la Photographie in Paris. He has held various individual and collective exhibitions, amongst which, some that we could highlight are: participation in the GETXOPHOTO international festival and in the Contemporary art fair FLECHA.
When did you discover photography? Did you think you would end up working in this area?
In some of the editions from the Planeta Agostini magazine collection back at that beginnings of the 90s. I’ve still got them.
What do you like most about this profession?
That it’s a creative job and that it allows me to move around and not be in the same place for too long.
How would you describe your style in three words?
I think that my style is quite technical in terms of the architectural photography, for landscape photography I tend towards something more pictorial.
Is there a particular project/photo that stands out in your mind which you are especially proud of?
Well yes. Opening the gallery and studio in Palma is an interesting project. It’s a space I feel proud of.
Social networks have brought photography closer to the general public, what do you think about this?
Social networks are channels that use a lot of photography and video as it’s easy and immediate use. There are also lots of online schools that offer interesting beginner and beyond courses. I think there’s a lot of interest at the moment and that is to our advantage.
Why do you think it’s important for citizens to take part in the Palma365 competition? How would you encourage them to take part?
I find competitions interesting as they allow you to show your work, and with a little luck, get some recognition. In this case, exhibiting in the Casal Solleric gallery, I think is an excellent incentive.
Have you got any professional advice for the participants in the Palma365 competition?
Be original, have style and a good eye. Try and say something, pay special attention to the aesthetics and the content.
People say that the light in Mallorca (and therefore the light in Palma as well) is magic. Do you agree? Why?
I believe that the light in autumn and winter truly has something special about it, it has got a component that is difficult to describe. I don’t know if it’s the colour or the clarity.
Palma is lively in summer, but also during the rest of the year, what would you recommend people who come in winter, spring and autumn to do?
My greatest suggestion always is, “don’t come in summer”. It’s a thousand times better the rest of the year, and you can go for a swim here until October. Something to do, well, lots of things, actually if you like the sea and the mountain, this is the place for you. There are lots of outdoor options and leisure options.
If you had to choose one corner of Palma, which one would you go for?Calle Missió obviously ;)