When dreaming up how to best capture this season's Dusty Rose capsule collection, we knew we had to work with a photographer who understood the LR Eye. Enter Camila Falquez, a Barcelona-raised photographer who now calls Brooklyn home.
Tell us a bit about yourself, and your background.
I was born in 1989 in Mexico City, though my parents were Colombian. When I was 5,
my family landed in Barcelona and I had the good fortune of growing up there. My mother is
a very creative artist who taught me to experiment in every possible way, and I feel that
influenced a lot of the way I work.
Until I was 18, I was studying to become a flamenco dancer, and after that I studied philosophy and communications. I landed in New York six years ago because I thought I wanted to be a filmmaker, and ended up working for Scott Schuman from The Sartorialist for three years after he took my photo on the streets. After that, I started my solo career, and later had my first exhibition in Brooklyn. I feel like every little step of the way helped me become the person I am today.
How did you get into photography and what brought you to NY?
I was always interested in photography, although I never thought it could become my career; it felt like something very foreign from the typical career paths available to me in Spain. Meeting Scott Schuman and experiencing how much he encouraged me and challenged me every day made me slowly believe I could make a living and evolve as an artist.
You shoot your work in film. Is there something you feel like you achieve there that you can’t get from digital?
I have tried over and over again to obtain the depth, color and grain film photography has using digital photography, and I can never seem to get the same results. Film has a physical quality that digital photography will never be able to replicate. I love every single part of the process of shooting film, especially how it makes me slow down and think through every shot.
What do you see as the differences between Barcelona and New York? What do you miss about home?
Barcelona and New York are both amazing cities, I don’t think the day will ever come when I prefer one over the other. Barcelona is full of light, in every single way; it’s a city that welcomes you and is easy to understand and love. New York is tough in the best way; you need to find your place and that constantly challenges you to find solutions, so you become very resourceful. Barcelona is a city I go back often to feel the warmth of the people I love. New York is a city I live in because all of the amazing people I’ve met from all parts of the world. I think it’s a great balance.
There seems to be a lot of amazing talent coming out of Barcelona, why do you think that is?
I’m proud and excited to answer this question, but at the same time, I am not sure I have a clear answer to it. I think after the economic crisis [in Spain], young people, for the first time in many years, had to find creative new ways of making a living. Many people left, like myself, and others stayed and created new business models. I feel that is the generation of people that today are established and producing amazing work. I like to think that all of this talent came out of a time of struggle and technological change.
What was the inspiration behind this shoot for LR?
When I was pitched the idea of a floral story, I thought I would be beautiful to turn flowers into an object like any other and shoot them in a more conceptual and minimal way. I was very excited to mix flowers with copper since they are two very different things but both sacred in Japanese culture. I wanted to do something that was reminiscent of Noguchi’s sculptures and Irving Penn’s “Still Life” at the same time.
Who would be your dream collaborator?
In a dream scenario – I would love to collaborate with Merce Cuningham, Matisse and
What do you like about Loeffler Randall?
I feel that it’s a brand that is constantly curating its image in a very selective and elevated way, I truly appreciate and admire that. I am very excited for this collaboration because it was a beautiful process and felt so much support and confidence from Loeffler Randall every step of the way. I love the collection, and love even more to have had the opportunity to interpret it in such a personal way.
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