Olga de la Iglesia. Photographer and Art Director.
"I think that perhaps the only thing I would like to convey through my work is joy that dwells in each of us and that we are sometimes unable to find.”
Olga believes in the power of color and how it influences others and their mood. Her photography is a reflection of this belief: "Color, shape and composition are key parts of my work."
Raised in a house full of men, Olga learned the power of a woman through her grandmother and mother. Both painters, they transmitted their love of art and passion for painting and taught her that women should be independant, natural and free. Along the way, she has been blessed to meet others who feel the same as her and who perhaps without knowing it, have transmitted this ideal to other women around them to.
Olga draws her inspiration from the world. Streets, friends, people, spontaneous moments, anything colourful and of course, women. Her favorite source of inspiration is found in the Carribean and third-world countries because people there have less attachement to material goods. They also tend to be more spontaneous and free: "People there are more attached to nature and things that come from nature like food and raw materials… they need less things than we do, and that fills the human being with something much more pure and authentic inside.”
Thanks to this particular inspiration, Olga was able to create a photography series called "Refresco" which she holds dear to her heart. "Refresco is literally a kind of recreation of what is in my imaginary or what I like to surround myself, colors, muses, the amazing nature and design." This art and design project focuses on Caribbean countries all the while being based in Barcelona. Olga works with artisans from Haiti and the Dominican Republic,exploring different materials, processes and shapes to help establish a relationship between design and craftsmanship. Handcrafted pieces are designed by drawing inspiration from the spirit of these countries.
Their work is sold through fair trade agreements to help contribute to the economy of these impoverished areas. Their goal with this project is to revitalize the Caribbean crafts and to insert it into new markets, with this project they hope to draw attention to the potential of manual labor.
In her daily life in beautiful Barcelona, this spontaneous photographer gets inspired by the light born from each new day in which she tries to accomplish something useful. Her definition of the perfect day is one where she learns something meaningful and gets to bathe in the sea thanks to the sunny weather of the Mediterranean. These days bring Olga stability and inner peace.
Her favourite way to start a Sunday is with a great breakfast and then waiting for the world to provide her with amazing things. For Olga, a Life Walker is someone observative, enthusiastic and most importantly, a lover of life! Her favourite thing to do in her Maians is to have a stroll around the city, smile at life and enjoy a cup of tea by the sea.
Photos of Olga: Simpson Kim