This week's favourite artist is Marta De La Presa (@mdelapresaphoto), a talented photographer from the beautiful Canary Island.
"Be persistent, and if you really like what you do, devote all the time you can to it because there will always be someone who is learning and improving while you take a rest".
Let's meet her.
- Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?
Hello! My name is Marta De La Presa. I am a Photographer, Designer, Instagramer and Moments Hunter. The first thing I do in the morning is a coffee machine and the last thing is to meditate with my crystals quartz.
I grew up in the Canary Islands, so I have a great connection with nature and I need the sea and the sun more than my cup of coffee when I wake up. I currently live in Madrid, where I carry out my photography work, although I always have a suitcase ready to travel anywhere in the world looking for inspiration and new adventures.
- When did your journey start?
I discovered my passion for photography thanks to Instagram. Since almost two years ago, I opened my account to start sharing my lifestyle and some travels. My followers started to grow up so fast and many brands offered me to do collaborations. Was in that moment when I realise my love about creating visual content.
- What’s the idea behind your work?
What I like to capture the most when I take photos is the essence of the people, that's why I usually shoot portraits and I like to inspire through the places I choose to do the photo shooting. I always try to squeeze the naturalness of each situation.
-Do you have a personal life motto?
”life is what happens while we make other plans” (John Lennon)
- What kind of music drives you?
I love rock and roll, Queen is my favorite band !
- Do you have any favorite film and why?
My favorite film is Avatar, because everything on that planet (Pandora) is connected. The Na'vi are part of the environment that surrounds them, so they don’t destroy, they don’t kill, they just exist in a perfect symbiosis and they live in utmost respect with everything that nature gives them. I would like our planet be like that one day… We have to open our eyes and be conscious.
- How do you find inspiration on an average day? Do you have any rituals?
I never know in advance where the inspiration is going to come from, so I don’t prepare the photo shootings too much, just let the energy flow to see which way it takes me.
- Who’s your favorite contemporary photographer?
Some of my favorite contemporary photographers are Samuel Elkins and Melanie Flanigan.
- How is it to be a woman in the contemporary photography scene?
The only thing I can answer to that is that either you're man or woman, there is currently a lot of competition anyway, so I dedicate my time to improve and strive every day to achieve my goals, and I think this works for everyone equally.
- You've worked on many different projects, which one did you enjoy the most and why?
Each project gives me something different, and the truth is that I always enjoy them, every photo shooting is a challenge, and I love it
- How did social media help you to promote your art?
The RRSS has helped me a lot because through Instagram I have been able to reach my target audience quickly, and 70% of the work comes to me through this social network. I would encourage everyone to interact with people from the sector and do some networking.
- What do you think is the best way for an artist to be heard and advertise themselves, nowadays?
A journey through social networks, today is what works best, but it is true that you have to work very hard and be consistent until you get results.
- Do you have any advice to give to the new female entrepreneurs?
The best advice I can give you is that you have to be persistent, and if you really like what you do, devote all the time you can to it because there will always be someone who is learning and improving while you take a rest, this is a constant struggle. And another very important thing is do what you like the most, follow your instinct and flow with it !
Thank You Marta!