Linda Helena x El País Semanal.
Way before I started considering photography as an actual career I would browse through El País Semanal every sunday at my parents’ place. I didn’t know anything about fashion -or photography, really- so I just flipped thought it pretty unconciously. Then, one day, something caught my eye – a fashion story shot in Paris, on film, with Marina Perez shot by Quentin de Briey. Around that time I was working as an engineer and the only thing I was shooting were photos of my girlfriend. This story struck me as being so raw and real, very unlike any fashion story I had seen before – actually closer to the photos of my mom that my dad used to take, closer to the intimate, personal stuff I shot. This led me to discover other photographers and magazines that shared this raw, honest point of view – pretty far away from what I thought fashion was up to that point. It became clear to me that there was a (tiny) place in fashion for work that I could relate to.
I would then go on to pursue a career as a photographer and have always tried to keep in mind why I started: because one day I felt connected to a story that felt truthful and real. Today, six (!!!) years and countless struggles later, I’m happy to say my first story for El País is out. Forever grateful to Carolina Badía, Carmen Mañana and Diego Areso for giving me this opportunity and, well, making this dream come true. Still got loads of things to learn and get better at, but, well, I made it this far and today feels like a milestone.
Photography: Pablo Curto
Styling: Carolina Badía
Model: Linda Helena at View
Hair: Joel Bittencourt
Photography assistants: Nauzet Gaspar and Germán Gómez
Styling assistants: Alicia Mayor-White and Paola Barrachina