Marta Simonet

“There’s no-one better than the residents of ‘sa roqueta’ to discover and rediscover to the world the best corners of the city.”

Marta Simonet is a devotee of her Mallorca, with one foot in Madrid and the other in the island. She’s a lover of communication who, after a long courtship in the national television service, decided to marry online communication, setting up her own creative agency for “foodie” brands. She defines herself as a “shufflebum” with a permanent smile who can’t live without the sea, without ‘Laccao’ and, in particular, without continuing to learn a little more every day.

What does photography mean for you?
Photography, for me, is like stopping time. I’ve got such a bad memory that photos often help me to go back to the place where I took them and even to recover the aroma of the moment. I always have my camera with me, as well as my mobile, and quite often, walking along, I often find myself capturing life as it unfolds.

What is it that excites you most about this hobby/profession?
I love being able to share with the world countless details, moments, places and eats. I love telling the world through photos what I’m seeing, what I’ve discovered or what I’m going to do. I’m fascinated by the capacity of empathy a picture can achieve.

What do your photos say about you? And what’s behind them?
They talk about who I am, what I do and where I go. They nearly always talk about any moment of the day that can be special, different. They glow with light, and I think they also manage to say something about how I always want to take the world by storm.

What do you most like photographing?
Sunsets, tables full of things, and laughs. I love it when I flick through the photos in my mobile and suddenly there’s one of a laugh, even if it’s me. Laughter is contagious. Tables, because in addition to forming part of my work I think they’re attractive: food, dishes, crumpled napkins. I’m a hopeless case: I see lovely fruits and vegetables and I can’t help taking photos of them. And sunsets: I always say they should last at least a couple of hours more.

Why have you chosen Instagram as a communication platform?
My work is very visual and I think in Instagram there’s a community that’s interested in what I do. What’s published isn’t as ephemeral as in other social networks. Any user who comes across your profile can get an image of who you are or what you’re aiming to convey with just one look.

Why do you think it’s important for the citizens to participate in the Palma 365 competition? How would you encourage them to take part?
There’s no-one better than the residents of ‘sa roqueta’ to discover and rediscover to the world the best corners of the city. I think it’s fascinating to participate in the Palma365 competition and to be able to offer a personal view of each place. It’s a way of recommending to others, and to all of ourselves, all the things we like about our lovely city. What restaurants to go to, what routes to walk, what beaches to enjoy…

Three seasons, three plans. What suggestions would you recommend making to people who visit Palma during the winter, spring and autumn?
In winter, a hot chocolate for breakfast in Can Joan de s’Aigo, strolling along La Murada to walk down the ensaïmada you’ve dunked in your cocoa, and getting drawn in by the fireplace of the glassed-in terrace of Il Forno. In spring, a snooze on the beach in mid-morning, eating with your feet on the shore and walking around El Portitxol licking the first ice cream of the season. In the autumn, gazing at the fountains of Ses Fonts Ufanes, having lunch in Santa Margarita and going back to Palma for a vermouth at La Rosa.

And if you had to choose one single corner in Palma above all the rest, what would it be?
Wow, that’s difficult! I’d choose Gènova, the place where I was born, between the sea and Na Burguesa. In fact, I’d always choose any place in the island where I could see the sea surrounded by greenery. Es Portitxol, a llonguet in Es Vaixell and the music of the sea as the perfect background for any conversation.

If a friend from somewhere else told you they were planning a trip to Palma, what would you tell them not to miss for the world?
Watching the sunset with your feet dangling over the dike, strolling along the Passeig Marítim, walking around Es Jonquet and admiring the windmills, going into the Santa Catalina market and smiling at the hustle and bustle of the stallholders, ordering a variat at Can Frau and then going on to the Passeig Mallorca, Es Baluard and La Llotja. I’d recommend eating an arròs brut, suckling pig, snails and whatever else you find, then wandering around the old town for a while longer, between Carrer de Sant Jaume, the Plaça Major and Carrer Sant Miquel. A beer in mid-afternoon at L’Antiquari, a glass of pinya at La Sifonería and carry on walking, because the island is still young. The Bellver Castle, Na Burguesa and Es Portitxol just when the sun is setting. A llonguet of sobrassada and maonès, a glass of wine and a bicycle to come back along the bike lane seeing the Cathedral on one side and the sea on the other. A day in Palma is like a bottle of oxygen.

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