Mountain life was my first big passion, I started to climb mountains at a very young age. First the Pyrenees, then the Alps and not much later Andes, Himalaya and Alaska. We always carried our cameras to document our activities, but I really discovered the possibilities of photography when we started to produce slide projections to explain and share our alpine adventures. Later on, I moved to the USA where I lived for more than two years. There I met some professional photographers, who encouraged me to study photography.
Even if I don’t do mountain climbing as I used to when I was younger anymore, I have always been in touch with nature, and in some way photography has given me the opportunity to discover other ways of connecting with it. I could make a very long list of the elements and reasons of nature and outdoor environments that I feel drawn to but to me, one of the most valuable things is the feeling of isolation. I think this element has a presence in many of the photographies from my personal works. Probably many of the photos from my personal projects talk about the isolation nature allows us to feel and the empathy that raises between us when we live it in an intimate way.
In my career as a professional photographer I have worked in different fields. I started out with photojournalism and documentary, then I moved on to commercial photography, and in the last few years I have also worked in the world of stock photography. I like taking photos of real people while they’re doing their thing, as well as the spaces, charming atmospheres and the objects that belong to them. I have had my own studio for 15 years now, where I have carried out all kind of projects.
I have also been collaborating with the School of Photography IDEP as a professor for four years, teaching in the Course of Portrait in the Postgraduate in Advanced Photography
I also carry out personal projects that I have been developing myself with the help of workshops and photographers such as Paolo Roversi, Antoine d’Agata, Nadav Kander, Pierre Gonnord and Klavdij Sluban. I have always liked to meet the mind being behind the works I love. Being able to share moments with all of them is a privilege and a very helpful and great enriching personal experience at the same time.
I would like to conclude with a quote by Richard Learoyd that I like, almost as much as his photographs.
“A photograph should have the ability to communicate the sense of humanity, specially if it’s a picture of a person, and it should have an internal narrative that allows you to walk away with a question or two in your mind.”
Miquel Llonch is a photographer based in Catalonia, Spain. He has been working as a freelance since 1995. Currently he combines commissioned assignments, stock photography for Stocksy and some personal projects.
- Retrat de familia, collective exhibition at Docfield, Barcelona, 2018.
- Exhibition at Photography Festival LA NUU in Rubí, Spain. 2018.
- Exhibition with photographer Carmen Escudero at Le Consulat Gallery in Lisboa, Portugal. 2017.
- UN CIERTO PANORAMA collective exhibition and catalog at Sala Canal Isabel II in Madrid, Spain. 2017.
- Individual exhibition at ATM- GALERIA ALTAMIRA in Gijon, Spain. 2013.
- Exhibition with photographer Camino Laguillo at LA NEW GALLERY in Madrid, Spain. 2012
- Selected for Descubrimientos PHOTOESPAÑA 2009.