Elena Ayllon, a Madrid-based photographer, talks about two book collaborations and feeling like a lonely pine tree.


Part 01.



Good Morning, Elena Ayllon


Morning ...
Quiet music


Noon ...  
Work work work


Night ...
Wine with friends


Agua, Elena Ayllon


Perfect happiness ...
Snorkeling


Preposterous ...
Rain in summer


Fear ...
Bad news


8:35am, Elena Ayllon


Love ...
Breakfast on Saturdays with J.


Extravagance ...
Wild


Comedy ...
Drama


Work ...
Perseverance


Our time ...
Carpe diem


Seaside, Elena Ayllon


The future ...
A little house by the seaside


The past ...
Tokyo


Part 02.




    
13:01 pm, Elena Ayllon


Most interesting thing in your wallet ...
My last movie ticket


In another life, you'd be ...
A mermaid


Your lucky charm ...
I wish I believed in something


Words to live by ...
Keep looking, don’t settle.


Prized possession ...
My bicycle


One wish ...
Pizza !


Your most marked characteristic ...
Emotional

 
Favorite shoes ...
Jelly shoes  


Favorite store ...
Boulangerie


Favorite friend ...
Freethinkers



Good Morning, Elena Ayllon


Favorite place ...
Our home


Favorite color ...
Blue


Favorite book ...
Yume ni Tsuite by Banana Yoshimoto


Favorite website ...

Film photographers’ websites



Lonely Pine Tree, Elena Ayllon — 2013


A favorite photo that you've taken ...
Lonely Pine Tree. I guess we all feel like this lonely pine tree at some point in our lives.



Basque Country, J.


A favorite photo that someone else has taken ...
This is me and the wild horses in the Basque Country. It was taken by J. on one of our road trips through the North.



Part 03.




Elena Ayllon


Tell me about the treehouse on your site ...

I developed a passion for outdoor photography when J. moved for work to the North of the country.

Life here is so easy and nature is so wild. We try to explore each weekend little towns, mountains and seasides in the Basque Country and this was one of those days, walking through the forest when we saw a wooden sign of a Tree House. We walked and walked but the path never ended and there were more and more signs. After more than an hour we reached it, a tall Tree House made of wood with breathtaking views, isn’t it a perfect place to live?



Diary, Elena Ayllon


You include a diary on your website. Talk a bit about it ...

Life moves so fast, I’m aware the only thing constant in life is change, people come and go, you move from one city to another. So I use photography to try to stop time and this is what my diary pretends to achieve.



Agua, Elena Ayllon


Talk about your project ‘Agua.’ ...

Last year my friends decided to start a mini independent editorial and I soon started to be part of their project. Those summer days were so much fun, sharing ideas and working hard. Long nights of creating, drinking, sewing and laughing, it was great to see the beginnings of Ciervo & Castor Editorial and learned so much about self-publishing.

'Agua’ is the second zine published by the editorial, the theme is the element 'water’ and different artists from all around the world contributed.

I decided to collaborate with underwater photographs I took in a swimming pool, you know I love blue!


Greenland, Elena Ayllon & Sakura Fantasma


Tell me about your 'Greenland’ project. ...

It is a little collaboration with my friend Sakura Fantasma, she is a Japanese artist and started working and illustrating my photograph.

I believe it is very important to have an open mind and work with different art disciplines, I thought it was a great idea to combine photography and illustration and loved the result!

We have worked afterwards on many different projects and I guess we have a very unique vision and a special understanding, she is quite European and I am quite Japanese!



Bonjour Paris, Elena Ayllon


Tell me about Bonjour Paris ...

I moved to Paris for a month to learn French and to work on the project 'Bonjour Paris’.

I lived in a small studio in a very nice neighbourhood in Gentilly, just outside of Paris.

The aim of this project was to walk each day around a different arrondisement of the city and discover the Paris not everybody gets to know. The project is divided in two, “Blanc et noir” and “Couleur”.

I believe it is very important to work on a project but also make it part of your life experience and learn from it, this makes you grow in the correct path and love what you do.

I had the opportunity to wake up in a different city, discover new places, have chausson aux pommes for breakfast and meet my unique friend Noemie.



Northlands, さくらとの夏, Elena Ayllon


You have collaborated on two books. Tell me about them …

I am always seeking for new challenges. I had already created my own website and learned to be in charge of my own exhibitions so I felt the necessity to go for a new goal. I suddenly felt a strong desire to show my work on paper, in a little book you can handle with your own hands.

My very first self-publication was 'Northlands’, a little zine about the mountains and the snow. With a little help from my friends I created a limited edition of 25 handmaded zines and was sold out immediately and was distributed also in Japan.

My next little book is  'さくらとの夏'  (Sakura to no natsu)  which means 'Summer with Sakura’ in Japanese. This little zine was created when Sakura flew from the mountains in Japan to the city to spend the summer in Madrid. You can find my photographs and her illustrations inspired in our summer days. The zine was released at Libros Mutantes Art Book Fair in Madrid.


  
From the series As the river runs © Agnes Thor - 2015


What camera do you use …

I always work with film cameras and use them depending on the days. I usually work with a Canon AE-1 for my projects and I also use my boyfriend’s Rolleiflex on roadtrips.

For daily snaps I always have my pocket camera Olympus mju II and play around with the flash.


  
Untitled — Elena Ayllon


Describe a day in the life of Elena. How would it begin? What would you do? Where would you go? What time would you be in bed ...

I wake up early, enjoy my breakfast and take the metro to my work.

Before going to sleep I always take a warm shower and check my mail.

I usually fall asleep before midnight, I’m quite a sleepy head!

On weekends I spend my time travelling and taking photos and also working on my personal projects; we also love to prepare dinner at our little garden and enjoy the night with our friends.



Basque Country, Elena Ayllon — 2013


Talk about future projects ...

I’m currently working on my new project “Direction North-South”.

It shows different places I have been this last year, from the North to the South of my country.

There is a big contrast between the green landscapes in the North to the blue of the breathtaking seas in the South.

I am currently working on the project and hope to exhibit it very soon!


Talk about a dream project ...

I wish I could go back to Japan someday.

I have lived many years of my childhood in Tokyo surrounded by Japanese people and at home I have always been told I have a Japanese heart but a European vision.

I would really love to work on a big project about this idea…