Claudia Toledo is a Chilean photographer from Barcelona, Spain. On her first trip out of the country after all the pandemic restrictions, she chose to bring with her our beloved LomoChrome Metropolis film. Let's get to know her through this interview.
Hi Claudia, welcome! Could you make a small presentation to the readers of our Online Magazine?
I'm Claudia Toledo, documentary photographer and storyteller. I'm from Chile but I moved to Barcelona, Spain about three years ago.
Tell us about your photographic background. What is your story? When did you start photographing?
The first memory I have about seeing myself photographing was back then when I was 12 years old, when my uncle gifted me my first camera. I haven't stopped since then. I studied professional photography in my homeland, Santiago de Chile, then I did a specialization in Photojournalism and Contemporary Documentary when I moved to Spain, always working on personal documentary projects and participating with women photography organizations like Women Photograph.
These wonderful photos were taken with the LomoChrome Metropolis film: what are the features that impressed you the most?
I loved the desaturated colors it gives to the images, the texture with a dim noise makes the pictures transport you to another time.
Which camera did you use for these photos?
I always carry on a cheap pocket film camera in my bag. This time I used a Canon Prima 4.
How did you choose the location? Did the kind of film influence the choice of the location?
I decided to use this film on my first trip out of the country after the pandemic times, it was important to me to shoot this trip with a special film, after so long not being able to travel. I went to Portugal with a couple of friends and we had a little trip to the south of the country, the atmosphere this film gives to the pictures is soft and quiet, as our trip was. Amazing!
You are currently working on some personal photography projects related to identity and social issues: in your opinion how important is photography to highlight certain problems?
My personal projects always have a social gaze, and photography has always been my vehicle to work on them. I think photography is a medium which can shape your vision. It may also be a changing tool for social issues, we need to be careful with the way we use photography these days, to be aware of its powerful language.
Is there a specific project you would like to share with our readers?
I'm currently working on a portrait series related to migration laws in European territories. It remains in development process, which I'll publish at my website soon.
Do you have any interesting projects or collaborations planned?
I recently started a collaboration with a well-known traveling company documenting traveling experiences around Spain.
Follow Claudia on her Instagram profile.