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Explo­ring the all­u­re of Mal­lor­ca with Rosa

Berlin-based Australian analog photographer Rosa Spring Voss has created an alluring aesthetic in the images of her recent summer vacation to Mallorca.

As autumn creeps in, her images bring forth waves of nost­al­gia for sunshi­ne fil­led days of gela­to, swim­ming and sal­ty air. Alt­hough your gol­den tan may be fading and the post sum­mer blues are cree­ping in, pour yourself a frui­ty drink and con­so­le yourself by fli­cking through Rosa’s sum­mer highlights.

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How did the trip to Mal­lor­ca come about?
I’ve been visi­t­ing my Grand­ma in Mal­lor­ca sin­ce I was a baby, but this year my fami­ly announ­ced a reuni­on so we all gathe­red in her vil­la­ge just out­side of And­ra­tx. This was the first time I took an ana­log came­ra to the island. The results are a com­bi­na­ti­on of my whim­si­cal child­hood memo­ries and a crea­tively sti­mu­la­ted post-Ber­lin brain. I’ve noti­ced that every trip the­re marks a pivo­tal point in my life so I wan­ted to reflect upon that.

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How was the life­style dif­fe­rent to that which you see in Ber­lin or Aus­tra­lia?
Sal­ty hot skin after the oce­an, slow paced habits, an open door poli­cy and out­door din­ners all remind me of my life­style back in Aus­tra­lia and that is why I love Mal­lor­ca. A beau­ti­ful con­trast to Berlin.

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The­se images chan­nel a sen­se of nost­al­gia, is this some­thing you inten­tio­nal­ly aim for?
Well not initi­al­ly, when I was pho­to­gra­phing it was spon­ta­ne­ous. When the roll was deve­lo­ped I got qui­te emo­tio­nal loo­king at them and I thought dammm!, this is exact­ly how I felt.’ This seri­es is a reflec­tion upon my fami­ly in one of the most beau­ti­ful pla­ces I’ve ever been. Without inten­ti­on the pho­tos are deeply sentimental.

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What came­ra did you shoot on and whe­re did you find it?
An Olym­pus OM1. I found it at a store in Ham­burg, at first I thought it was bro­ken but that was just me being an amateur.

What do you pack in your bag when you go for a beach holi­day?
Came­ra, lip­s­tick, cot­ton shawl.

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What were some sil­ly situa­tions that came from the trip?
If you’ve seen August Osa­ge Coun­ty then you know what fami­ly reuni­ons are like! The holi­day was hil­arious at times, espe­cial­ly with three genera­ti­ons and three dif­fe­rent languages.

One night we all got very drunk at a fish restau­rant, my grand­f­a­ther stor­med out of the din­ner, so my grand­mo­ther dro­ve us all home in her three door Citro­en. It was so cram­ped! Some of us were sin­ging and laug­hing others tired and grum­py, it was a per­fect Wes Ander­son shot!

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Top tips for anyo­ne tra­vel­ling to Mallorca?

  • Avoid Pal­ma
  • Rese­arch the island pro­per­ly, the­re are so many exqui­si­te beach towns with only locals.
  • Go in Sep­tem­ber, it’s quie­ter and cooler.
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All images by Rosa Spring Voss

09 Sept. 2016 · NEUBAU EYEWEAR
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