Anna Devís Benet is a young architecture student from Valencia, Spain, who enjoys going on little adventures, taking humorous and light-hearted snapshots with her cell. Due to living in a small village near the city, she needs to find a more creative approach towards photography, so she created small staged scenes that just make us smile. Anna Devís Benet is experimenting with everything from photography to graphic design, you can take a closer look at her work on her Blog.
Where are you from? How does that place influence the way you photograph?
I’m from Valencia, Spain, but my little secret is that I live in a tiny village really close to the city. Growing up here means being 5 minutes far from the Mediterranean, enjoying good lighting the 365 days of the year and being surrounded by soft colours façades and fields. So when I go out, I find myself dreaming new ideas to shoot here or there. Well, I confess it happens also when I’m working at home… I guess I’m the whole day dreaming.
What are your favorite environments to shoot in?
As you can imagine I shoot always outdoors, looking for a clean composition and natural light. It doesn’t matter if the idea I’m trying to catch is too crazy or weird and some curious people decide to observe during the shooting. I have fun during the process and I like to share that feeling. My neighbors are starting to get used to this peculiar scenes.
What are the strengths of shooting primarily mobile? How does this affect your imagery?
The immediacy. Having a camera always in your pocket makes you wander with the eyes wide open. I would even say, it is like seeing the world through new eyes because you pay attention to details that you never noticed before. It allows us to be more spontaneous, you never know where your day may take you.
Who and what are the things that inspire you?
I can’t exactly say what inspires me. A word can be enough to have thousand ideas. That’s why I like so much to play with the WHP that Instagram purposes every week. It is perfect to leave the creativity flow and to spend a good time with the ones you love, my family is always involved and asking what’s the next mission and it is also an excuse to look for adventures with my other half, @drcuerda
This is the most difficult question because every instagrammer I follow has something special and the combination of their styles makes me enjoy checking Instagram. It is impossible not to get inspired by @drcuerda during our adventures. I am also curious about the ones that lives @lily__rose during her trips, I love to travel to Asia though @puanindya and @sadawayans‘ eyes. I’m always ready to cross the Atlantic and enjoy the clever and funny compositions of @llewllewtoo and @justinisjoy. Some other of my favorites have been Ignant’s selections like @piluro, @connortd, @annararo, @adriancanolo… And I could continue and make a long list but as I’ve said… you better check my following list that keeps growing. Instagram is full of creativity!
Tell us a little about your everyday.
These days I’m living an unusual day-to-day. I’m finishing the architecture degree so the latter months have been literally crazy. I’m designing a nursery school in India as my thesis, and I ‘m so excited! When I’m not that busy I’m always working in several things at the same time. Few years ago my friends and I created a collective named Crearqcio and we’ve been working together since then. We’ve done from an architectural exhibition to the construction of a monument for Fallas, the big fest of my city. I also collaborate in WAP Valencia: “We are places” showing through pictures the secrets that hides our city. That part requires getting lost with Daniel which is something I really enjoy. And my immediate future plans are related to illustration and design… first things first. But non stop!
Which Apps do you use to edit your pictures?
To edit my pictures I only use VSCO Cam and Snapseed. And sometimes a little last retouch with the Instagram app. The edition options are getting better little by little.