I’m pretty sure the first thing that springs to mind when hearing about Mallorca is Magaluf. We’ve all heard stories about how this part of the beautiful balearic island is transformed into a nonstop booze consuming and party machine during the high season.
However, about 10 km west of the resort, and in total contrast with the aforementioned town, lies Santa Ponsa. A quiet little town that has 3 golf courses, a private marina and it’s popular with people from Germany, Netherlands, Ireland and Great Britain, many of whom own villas and apartments, both newly built and old ones, in the hills of each side of the bay, some of which have been constructed or renovated by the Signature Group.
At the time, they’ve hired me to photograph 3 of their projects, so I packed all my gear, which is constantly getting bigger and bulkier by the way, and got on a 2 hour flight to Palma. It was indeed an exciting and great opportunity to get to photograph million euros worth of houses on such a wonderful island.
Their modern minimalist interior design is their signature (pun intended). I think the approach to architecture and design they take fits well within the island’s scenery with just the right amount of luxury and glamour, and it’s always a great pleasure to photograph. Think about it from this perspective, the climate is very hot and humid, with temperatures reaching in excess of 35 C in the summer; the interiors they design are uncluttered and cool, with clean lines, sharp angles, and pale colours. Big windows to bring in lots of light and give the feeling of space. After a long day at the beach, playing golf in the scorching sun or cycling in the mountains, a cool place where you can relax and unwind is very sought after.
Being an architectural and interiors photographer has its perks and one of them being that I get to travel to wonderful places and photograph amazing spaces and architecture. The next time you make it to Mallorca make the effort of renting a small car and travel the winding roads of the island, visit the vineyards, the olive plantations, the beautiful Tramuntana mountains and go to a secluded beach. Everything within a maximum of one hour’s drive…And don’t forget to admire on the way the modern houses hidden away behind the pine trees...