Carmen Marchena · Portfolio selection

Oct 15, 2018

Carmen is a German-Spanish photographer with many interests who finds in photography the perfect way to explore and express them. Having a passion for the north, Carmen makes spectacular images of the arctic landscapes. In her images we can repeatedly appreciate dwarfed human figures against the magnificent nature, which in turn makes us reflect about the fragility of our existence and our role in the planet.

am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?

CM - I was Born in Germany, but when I was six years old I moved to Spain. My childhood in Germany marked me, I know it, but also my life here in Spain, as much as the places where I've spent a lot of time; The north, the ice (I suppose we are all made a little of the places that mark us).

Since I was a child I was attracted to too many things: photography, animals, nature, painting, writing, books, music, biology, quantum physics and the cosmos, movement (sports, dance, vertical dance as climbing). Yes, I know, too many things, but what I liked the most was to be able to depict all these things, to freeze them. And the best way for me to do it, was to write and to take photos of them. I would have loved to dedicate myself to all of these things, but life is not so long. So, I finally decided to go for “the movement”, studying health sciences, movement and sports, and I dedicate my life to make people feel better through movement, like Pilates or physical activity in general. But nevertheless, I also had time to study biology, work as an arctic guide in Greenland, and read a lot about quantum physics, comics, books, and to see a lot of movies and T.V. series, meet lots of incredible painters and listen plenty of music.

Maybe all of these things are present in my photography, and hopefully one day I may also have the time to learn how to paint.


am - How did you start in photography?

CM - More or less when I was thirteen, my first camera was an analogue Ricoh.


am - We can see that you take incredible landscapes, what attracts you about outdoor photography?

CM - It depends on how I feel, sometimes I feel attracted by things as the immensity, and others can be the overwhelming greatness of the Cosmos in comparison to how small we are. It can also be the idea of infinity or out of the blue, concepts that generate us restlessness. In other occasions it can simple be the lines, the invisible edges of the landscapes as intimate edges. I don’t know, so many things…

am - What is your most memorable experience trekking in Greenland?

CS - Discovering at each step how fragile we are and also discovering that happiness or fullness are in the detachment.


am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?

CM - Photographers: Ana Cabaleiro, Nicola Odemann , Johannes Huve, Reuben Wu, Rachel Levy, Ross Buswell, Ethan, Randy P. Martin, Mat Lief Anderson, Carla Fernández, Lúa Ocaña, Maya Beano, Tamar Burdulli, Luke Byrne, Øystein Aspelund.


Painters: Edvuard Münch, Emil Nölde, Egon Schiele, El Greco, Goya, Marc Chagall, Gustav Klimt, Vasili Kandinski, Harald Sohlberg, Hokusai.


am - What’s your favourite movie?

CM - This is a difficult question for me; I have more than one. Maybe I can summarize :)

Lars von Trier (Lars von Trier); The Man from Earth (2007) (Richard Schenkman); Uzak (Nuri Bilge Ceylan); After the Wedding (Susanne Bier); Interstellar (Christopher Nolan); Moon (Duncan Jones); Lost Highway (David Lynch); Solaris (Andrey Tarkovsky); Arrival (Denis Villeneuve); Blade Runner (Ridley Scot); The Day the Earth Stood Still. (1951) (Robert Wise); 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrik); Vozvrashchenie (The Return) (Andrey Zvyagintsev); American Beauty (Alan Ball); Encounters at the End of The World (Werner Herzog); Das Leben der Anderen (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)… for example.

And also I have my favorites Cartoons:

Castle in the Sky (Hayao Miyazaki); The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Bear (Jannik Hastrup); Song of the Sea (Tomm Moore); La tortue rouge (Michael Dudok de Wit, Pascale Ferran); Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi); WALL•E (Andrew Stanton); The Iron Giant (Brad Bird); Gake no Ue no Ponyo (Hayao Miyazaki); Mary and Max (Adam Elliot); The Breadwinner (Nora Twomey); Ma Vie De Courgette (Claude Barras); When Marnie Was There (Hiromasa Yonebayashi)

And TV Series:

Six feet Under (Alan Ball); breaking bad (Vince Gilligan and others); Dexter (James Manos Jr and others); Cosmos (Carl Sagan); Fringe (J.J. Abrams); Wonders of the Universe (Brian Cox); Fargo (Noah Hawley); True Detective (Nic Pizzolatto); Mindhunter (Joe Penhall); The Leftovers (Damon Lindelof); Stranger Things (Matt Duffer)


am - What is your favourite photo book?

CM - The work of Maya Beano from Flickr.


am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.

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