Lourdes Cabrera, a Spanish photographer, talks about solitude and Tina Modotti.



Part 01.



Lourdes Cabrera


Morning ...
A new adventure


Noon ...  
Hungry


Night ...
Misery

Perfect happiness ...
Any quotidian moment with my family


Preposterous ...
Violence


Fear ...
Illness



Botica, Lourdes Cabrera


Love ...
100%


Extravagance ...
David Lynch’s characters


Comedy ...
Children in Yasujiro Ozu’s movies


Work ...
Coherency, constancy and strength


Our time ...
Be exposed


The future ...
Curiosity


The past ...
Amazing


Part 02.







Most interesting thing in your wallet ...
A photo of my family


In another life, you’d be ... 
A folk singer or a dancer


Your lucky charm ...
I don’t have any. I think luck is something we create for ourselves.



Humo, Lourdes Cabrera


Words to live by ...
Dignity, freedom


Prized possession ...
A good book


One wish ...
Preserve motivation to learn for life


Your most marked characteristic ...
Peaceful


  
Tina Modotti © Edward Weston; Andrei Tarkovsky


A dream dinner party would be made up of who (dead or alive) ...
One night: Frida Kahlo and Tina Modotti. Another night: Pina Bausch, Wim Wenders, Yasujiro Ozu and Andrei Tarkovsky. But, these dinners are already perfect with my friends.


Favorite shoes ...
A pair of comfortable boots


Favorite store ...
The antique markets. I love to imagine the stories behind any object.


Favorite friend ...
Someone to really trust




Interiors, Lourdes Cabrera


Favorite place ...
Home


Favorite color ...
It depends on my mood




Favorite book ...
Currently, “Palm of The Hand Stories” by Yasunari Kawabata


Favorite website ...

toddhido.com



Interiors, Lourdes Cabrera

A favorite photo that you've taken ...
It is very difficult to choose one! I love this one for its balance, mystery and simplicity.


San Clemente, Raymond Depardon — 1979


A favorite photo that someone else has taken ...
Also difficult … lately, this one repeats in my head. It is a photo from a madhouse by Raymond Depardon. No words.


Part 03.



 
Botica; Silence, Lourdes Cabrera


You live and work in Madrid. How does that inform your work ...

Madrid, as a big city, is full of stimuli, movement, exhibitions, interesting people and places. The competition for work is very high, and I think this is interesting in a way because it doesn’t allow me settle down too much. People are very open and warm, and you can find things here ranging from the most contemporary to the most traditional, so there are many precious resources for my work.

However, sometimes I feel the deep need to leave the city to find other ways of living, slower and silent, which remind me of some the values that matter to me most.

My work is fed from many sources. Mostly, paintings, cinema and literature.


 
Raices, Lourdes Cabrera


Tell me about your project in Finale Emilia ...

Finale Emilia is a small town in Emilia Romagna, Italy. Life there involves a more direct contact with nature, with traditional ways of living.

“Raices” is a project that investigates the delicate balance between man and nature, in a mix of fragility and strength at the same time.

Photography is a continuous exercise of observation, which allows me to carefully take notes about life and nature, and to reflect about people and society.

The smallest details are important to me.




Home; Leve, Lourdes Cabrera


Talk about creating a nonlinear language ...

My working process is essentially emotional. Images flowing through my head associating spaces, people, animals, as if everything were the same thing. These are simple notes about identity.

I’m interested in people, their homes, the most intimate part of them, which is not a mask. The feeling of solitude attracts me for this reason, no one is watching you. However, this is a paradox , because I am “the observer.”


 
Bofica; Interiors, Lourdes Cabrera


You use the words ‘emotional labyrinth’ to describe your process. Tell me about this ...

My working process is essentially emotional. Images flowing through my head associating spaces, people, animals, as if everything were the same thing. These are simple notes about identity.

I’m interested in people, their homes, the most intimate part of them, which is not a mask. The feeling of solitude attracts me for this reason, no one is watching you. However, this is a paradox , because I am “the observer.”



Interiors, Lourdes Cabrera


What camera do you use ...

A Hasselblad 500C/M mostly, with negative film.

I like to take time for reflection to capture an image. I don’t take pictures all the time, so I don’t always carry the camera with me. I prefer to live every moment with my eyes first and build something in my head. When I find something interesting, I’ll come back.

I find it interesting to use the waist viewfinder when I do portraits, so the people also see my eyes while I’m photographing them, and I do not cover my face like a hunter.  I think this creates a more genuine moment among us.



Interiors, Lourdes Cabrera


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

… this is a very funny question.

Quite normal. Breakfast , newspaper, walk with my dog, work, lunch, walk with my dog, work, friends, a long walk to the park with my dog, dinner with my love, a movie, sleep.


  
rojo, Lourdes Cabrera

Talk about future projects ...

I’m starting a project about “sisters” , and am continuing to work on “red”, where I use this color as a narrative thread about the melancholy that one feels when they are living abroad.


Talk about a dream project ...

I would love to publish a photo book.