"Going for a walk around Palma in winter allows you to see it a lot better, the city’s own routine and even its own history. The city is a lot calmer, more welcoming and I feel like it’s more ours. "
Biel Grimalt in Instagram
Photography becomes an ally to the imagination, it helps us to transfer all that we can feel, imagine or see into pictures. That’s what fascinated me when I started taking photos, being able to have a tool at my disposal in order to transmit sensations through pictures.
I am self-taught and I have been a professional photographer since 2008. I have done my work especially in fashion and publicity, although I have never stopped doing personal work.
When did you discover photography? Did you think you would end up working in this area?
Despite the fact that my dad was a photographer when I was young, although he had to give it up later due to health reasons back then, I didn't discover my passion for photography until much later, precisely thanks to a small compact digital that my dad lent me. And I would never have imagined then, that a few years after, the same day that I turned 30, would decide to change my career and dedicate myself solely to photography.
What do you like most about this profession?
Managing to transmit and express what I can see, imagine or feel through pictures.
How would you describe your style in three words?
I wouldn’t know how to define it. I always try to make it something very personal.
Is there a particular project/photo that stands out in your mind which you are especially proud of?
On a personal level, what made me think of going further with photography and what still makes me do so with that compact 3 MPx. It was a little gift from my grandfather for his first great grandson, and on seeing the results, I felt the need to buy my first camera, a reflex digital camera and learn all that I could about photography.
Social networks have brought photography closer to the general public, what do you think about this?
Well that thanks to social networks, you get to discover people with a lot of talent, and incredible photos.
Why do you think it’s important for citizens to take part in the Palma365 competition? How would you encourage them to take part?
It's a challenge, it’s a way of rediscovering our city and ourselves more. Watch the city more closely, the people, and look for that story we want to tell.
Have you got any professional advice for the participants in the Palma365 competition?
That they let themselves go and enjoy it.
People say that the light in Mallorca (and therefore the light in Palma as well) is magic. Do you agree? Why?
Every place has its light that forms a part of the essence of that place. We, who live in the Mediterranean, have a marvellous light. That sky blue is now a part of us.
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?
Going for a walk around Palma in winter allows you to see it a lot better, the city’s own routine and even its own history. The city is a lot calmer, more welcoming and I feel like it’s more ours. I think it’s got more personality.
If you had to choose one corner of Palma, which one would you go for?
It would be difficult to go for just one, I love going for a walk through the narrow lanes of the old town as well as going for a walk beside the seaside.