Elisabeth Salcedo

"Being able to use photography as a channel to express myself is a luxury. I value basing my work on reality but transforming reality to get my message across like a secret in each photo."

Elisabeth Salcedo in Instagram


I was born in the autumn of 1986. I studied Illustration and Artistic Photography at the School of Art and Crafts, I have been in love with analogue photography ever since. My photography is intimate and romantic. I’m always happy for flaws to appear on the film when I take a photo, I love not having control over what comes out when I develop films.

I currently work for fashion labels as a photographer and artistic director.

When did you discover photography? Did you think you would end up working in this area?

I discovered photography when I was 8 years old. My dad gave me an automatic Kodak camera when we spent a day out in the countryside and I took my first portraits of my cousin Abiel.

I never thought that this would be the way I would earn a living. I enjoy it a lot now and I work on projects that inspire me.

What do you like most about this profession?

Being able to use photography as a channel to express myself is a luxury. I value basing my work on reality but transforming reality to get my message across like a secret in each photo.

How would you describe your style?

Intimist and with a dreamlike touch.

Is there a particular project/photo that stands out in your mind which you are especially proud of?

I couldn’t choose a specific one, it’s like the mum that people ask who her favourite child is. I especially enjoy working with fashion labels that trust me and where we jointly work on the artistic direction.

Social networks have brought photography closer to the general public, what do you think about this?

Photography is and will be a tool to express yourself. I think it’s interesting how people are more willing to get their creative side out and express it.

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 important for people who live their daily lives in Palma to have a voice in order to express what they believe would be high-quality tourism. The vision of the city from a citizen’s viewpoint is always enriching.

Have you got any professional advice for the participants in the 2nd Palma365 competition?

My advice to the participants is that they do it with all their heart and that they enjoy the experience.

People say that the light in Mallorca (and therefore the light in Palma as well) is magic. Do you agree? Why?

Just like all cities, Palma has got a characteristic light. I especially like dusk at Palma beach, going for a bike ride and being able to stop at any moment to see how La Seu Cathedral is bathed in the orange light of sunset.

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?

Any kind of walk around the old part of Palma, stopping in the bookshops in the centre and having an ice-cream with a coca de patata (potato bun) are my ideal plans.

If you had to choose one corner of Palma, which one would you go for?

El Borne and Ramblas are my favourite places.

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