“If a friend from somewhere else came to visit Palma, I’d take them to eat a llonguet, of camaiot if possible.”
Tomeu Canyellas is a photographer and a Doctor in Marine Sciences (“Yes, I know, that’s peculiar.”) He was born in Mallorca in 1980 and now he lives and works here. From 2011 to 2015 he worked in the world of commercial photography, specialising in architecture, publicity and publishing formats. He is a partner and co-founder of SOLWORKS, an audiovisual studio located in Palma, but since 2015 he has dedicated most of his time to carrying out personal projects, either individually or in collaboration with other artists, which you can see on his website.
What does photography mean for you?
The meaning of photography, for me, has changed quite a lot during these years. It began as a hobby and I finished up becoming very interested in documentary and nature photography, and I worked for a few years in the world of commercial photography. Now it’s more personal, something I enjoy doing, and it enables me to get to know other people with the same interests.
What is it that excites you most about this hobby/profession?
Discovering and exploring new places and rediscovering places I’d forgotten.
What do your photos say about you? And what’s behind them?
Some say more than others, and those that say too much, I don’t post them!
What do you most like photographing?
I consider myself more a landscape photographer than anything else - urban or nature - but landscapes are what attract me most.
Why have you chosen Instagram as a communication platform?
Because I think it’s a great platform for discovering new places and people on those normal days when you have to work and you can’t go out to live your own experiences.
Why do you think it’s important for citizens and tourists to participate in the Palma 365 competition? How would you encourage them to take part?
It’s a great way for the citizens to present their own personal visions of the city, how they experience it, what they like most about it, what they’d most like to show to someone who comes to visit us. But it’s also very interesting to see the impressions that tourists have of our city and how they enjoy it, and what they can show to the people they know back home: Palma as a unique tourism destination, an alternative to our famous beaches and bays.
Three seasons, three plans. What suggestions would you recommend making to people who visit Palma during the winter, spring and autumn?
If the winter is like this one, then the same as in spring: wandering around all the streets of the old town, especially the medieval Jewish quarter, “Es Call Major.” In the autumn, cycling along the coast and stopping to eat somewhere with sea views.
And if you had to choose one single corner in Palma above all the rest, what would it be?
The Plaça del Mercat, the terrace of the Bar Alaska, surrounded by Modernist buildings, a confluence of some of Palma’s prettiest streets.
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?
If they were a friend of mine, I’d probably take them to eat a llonguet, of camaiot if possible, in one of the city’s bars.