Tell our readers about yourself.
My name is Carmela Córdoba Armelles, I was born in a city near Valencia, Castellon but I live in Benicasim a coastal town by the Mediterranean sea. I was born on July 29, 1983, I am the mother of two wonderful children and as hobbies I would highlight reading, classic cinema and walking on the beach in winter. My passion for photography began when I played with my grandparents old cameras as a child, but it was not until many years later that I decided to train in photography at the Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid. My favorite style is black and white photography, my father was a great lover of classic film noir and he taught me to value its aesthetics based on chromatic chiaroscuro, shadows and perfect lights. A dream for me would be to travel to Karisoke research center of Dian Fossey and being able to photograph mountain gorillas.
What really matters to you as a photographer?
Well there are many things that are important, but overall I would say enjoying my work is the most of them all. When I was just a little girl my dad told me a phrase I will never forget “There is nothing like working doing something you love”. And it is true that if you are happy with your job you make those around you happy as well. The motivation, effort, and reward acquire an exceptional value at a professional and personal level, and that means living to the fullest to me.
I would photograph my children without a doubt, they are the most precious things in my life. I would like to leave them with a gift, and that would be a portrait capturing their essence, and reflect on these portraits the feeling of the love a mother has for her children.
Do you worry about what others think about your work?
Of course people’s opinion is very important, but a photographer has to have his own style which will not always please everyone. Criticism should always be constructive, to show respect to photography as a form of art. Each photographer creates personal work that has certain factors to take into consideration such as; technical skills, composition, the value of the original and everyday things, the style, the ability, and sensitivity of the author.
If today is your last day who would you photograph and why?
I would photograph my children without a doubt, they are the most precious things in my life. I would like to leave them with a gift, and that would be a portrait capturing their essence, and reflect on these portraits the feeling of the love a mother has for her children. I would choose them to be photographed because I hope to be a good role model for them and I hope that one day in the future when they hold that portrait in their hands, they will think Mom had a passion in life, she worked hard for it and was happy. The rest is not as important.