“My favourite place in Palma is Santa Catalina. It combines traditions, history and architecture, and it has a lot of great dining and entertainment, it’s full of life.”
Mary Cañellas is passionate about design, decoration and Mallorca. Initially a journalist, now she’s a businesswoman, the creator of ES BOLIC, a concept store, an online shop that aims to recover the value of Mallorcan crafts combining tradition and modernity. A space that has been created with the purpose of redesigning the Mediterranean lifestyle to position it in the 21st century, making products with soul, inspired in the past.
What does photography mean for you?
It’s a combination of sensations. For me personally it means experimenting, freeing the creativity that I have inside me and that pours out spontaneously hardly without thinking, simply letting my imagination fly. It’s fun, enjoying that instant that envelops you, and a way of disconnecting and relaxing.
What is it that excites you most about this hobby/profession?
For me, the incredible capacity of displaying the beauty of everyday life and simplicity: of portraying reality and at the same time of being able to give it a new meaning; of offering a new perspective that completely changes the concept of the picture and of what you’re seeing. It lets you see beyond objects and scenes, and it lets you show the essence of reality that escapes our eyes. But above all, what most excites me is the social connection that exists around it.
What do your photos say about you? And what’s behind them?
I think photography represents us, describes us, and, in a nutshell, says who we are. In my case, I could say that it’s like a personal diary told in pictures. Behind them is my life, who I am, what I like and what I want to be, my goals and my ambitions. Nowadays many of the photos I take are for my online shop ES BOLIC, a dream that aims to recover the craft of our island and position it in the 21st century by creating products of contemporary design.
What do you most like photographing?
My style is very minimalist, very neutral and clean in terms of backgrounds. So I look for simple subjects, everyday objects that I enjoy making compositions with. They’re often breakfasts, a coffee, some flowers, details in interior designs … In brief, as I’ve just said, I try to discover beauty in simplicity. Something that, at times, I feel limits me in terms of expressivity but at the same time thrills me.
Why have you chosen Instagram as a communication platform?
Instagram is something extraordinary that connects you in a very special way. My passion for photography grew out of this network a few years ago. Since then I’ve got to know people from different countries and cultures: we’ve been brought together by photography and now they’re my family 2.0. We share experiences, knowledge, feelings… For me that’s the most important thing about my photography. In fact, ES BOLIC wouldn’t have been possible without its support. I haven’t experienced anything like it in any other social network.
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?
It’s important because in reality it’s the citizens who live the city at first hand and who can best define what our city is like. You have to go out, explore and look at things from other perspectives. I encourage people to go out any day to take a walk around Palma and observe the city through the camera lens because they’ll discover a hidden reality, invisible and fascinating, that escapes us because we look but we don’t see. I’m convinced that they’ll see a different city and enjoy this experience, which for me is magical. So I invite people to feel it and enjoy it.
Three seasons, three plans. What suggestions would you recommend making to people who visit Palma during the winter, spring and autumn?
In winter Palma has cultural attractiveness in the form of its popular traditions, not forgetting its gastronomy. But I think it’s in spring when the city invites us truly to enjoy it, the life on its café terraces and the good weather. In the autumn I like the peace and quiet you can breathe in the city, when the summer rush has finished and we can enjoy the beaches, the sunsets, and also do sport and enjoy our leisure time.
And if you had to choose one single corner in Palma above all the rest, what would it be?
Santa Catalina. My favourite, and also a fine example of how a neighbourhood can be rehabilitated. It’s a very special place that combines traditions, history and architecture, and it has a lot of great dining and entertainment. It’s full of life and attractive places.
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?
It depends on their nationality and the season of the year. I think a tour of the most monumental part of the city, with a stop in Santa Catalina, finishing with sunset on the beach.