Mònica by Clàudia Grosche

Clàudia Grosche was born in Barcelona 22 years ago but moved to a little town called Capçanes, in the county of Priorat, when she was a teen. She started to shoot when she was a kid helping her dad out. At 12’s Clàudia was given her first camera. Spending her teen’s in a village made her a person that really connects with nature. She studied a Foundation in Photography in London and then moved back to Barcelona to study her BA in Media and Cultural Industries. At the moment she’s trying to combine her work with photography.

How did the shoot with Mònica come about?

Mònica and I have been friends since we were really young because we spent summertime in the same village. She stoped coming because her family sold the house but we reunited in Barcelona and she is now one of my best friends. I always loved to photograph the people I have close. Mónica inspires me as a friend, woman, as artist, as a human being. We have a special connection and we feel comfortable next to each other. I think this is because she’s natural and honest. Every time she comes back to our village now, stays at my place with my family and I, so we spent a lot of time together. For this series, I wanted to capture her naturally as she is.

“For me photography is a way to communicate my emotions and thoughts… so I’d like that people that looks into my work can relate and identify their own feelings too.“

What do you hope to achieve through your photography?

For me photography is a way to communicate my emotions and thoughts… so I’d like that people that looks into my work can relate and identify their own feelings too. I always conceived art as an exchange.

Your ideal morning?

Slow. I’m not a morning person so I like to wake up with calm and enjoy my coffe and toast.

What makes you happy?

My family, my friends, my boyfriend. Going up to the Pyrenees, riding my bike in Barcelona and spending time in my village, Capçanes.

What’s next for you?

I don’t know and as much I don’t like uncertainty I’m learning to cope with it and even enjoy it. I’m finishing my BA this year and my job contract expires on May. I’m starting to shoot a lot too, building a portfolio. Anyway, I don’t know what is next. But whatever it is, I will look forward to it.

Special thanks to Andrea Calle.