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Mabel Cedrón : Subjective and authentic architecture photography

by Yvette Depaepe
Published the 15th of May 2023


Mabel Cedrón is lucky to live in a fantastic city as Barcelona, especially as an architecture photographer.  She quotes: 'Creating a work of art by photographing another work of art is a great challenge and I find that very motivating. I am a perfectionist and I strive to control everything that is within the frame and that is why I think architecture photography suits me like a glove.' Her work is excellent and she also is a charming humble and talented person.  Someone you would love to meet ;-) 


Dear Mabel, please shortly introduce yourself and tell us more about you, your hobbies or other projects you are involved in.

Professionally my life has been linked to the financial and business world which has nothing to do with my greatest passion: PHOTOGRAPHY.
In fact, my very first salary was spent to buy a ring for my mother and an SLR camera for myself.
I'm passionate about architectural photography, whether minimalist or abstract, contemporary or classic. I live in Barcelona.
I love travelling, reading, meeting friends and family. In my day to day life, there is no shortage of music, sports and a BIG SMILE. 




For many of us photography is either a hobby or a way of life. How would you define your relationship with photography?

Photography has always been present in my life, I have no photographic training, I am self-taught, I am still and always learning.  Each new discovery inspires me and makes me believe there is a constant evolution in my work.  I take care of it, I pamper it, I dedicate my time to it and my capacity to grow pushes me to continue every day with more enthusiasm.


'Symphony of Colors by Bofill'

What would be the most important experience so far that has influenced your steps in photography?

Well, as I said before, my hobby/passion comes from when I was very young. Although I have always been recognized for my work, I believe that winning my 1st International Photography Award in 2020 in the Architecture category marked my work as 'before and after'. It was not only rewarding but also confirmation for what I'm doing. It inspired me to keep moving forward, learning and challenging myself.




How do you maintain and grow your passion for photography?

To me, finding inspiration is not a big problem. I believe that a world full of beauty surrounds us, you just have to know how to appreciate it. I look at details, how buildings change according to the light of the day, or when rainy, cloudy … I especially like spiral staircases, or just stairs with a human element and nothing else. I am fascinated by colours, geometry, patterns, light and shadows. I can find inspiration just by walking around or stop and looking (usually) up. It is true that my beautiful city is the ideal place for an "Archilover" like me and I feel equally grateful and lucky for that.


'Double Helix by Frank Gehry'


Can you please describe in a few words your photographer philosophy?

I believe that creativity, attention for details, shapes, colours and light, as well as, most importantly, putting my heart into what I do, are crucial. "If there is no passion, there will never be good results" Having your own identity, not pretending to look like anyone else but simply shooting and letting out what is inside of me.




Why are you so drawn by Architecture and Abstract Photography?

Creating a work of art by photographing another work of art is a great challenge and I find that very motivating. I am a perfectionist and I strive to control everything that is within the frame and that is why I think architecture photography suits me like a glove. I think the most significant feature of my work is its subjectivity which increases its authenticity.




What is more important to you, the mood,/story behind your images or the technical perfection?

I think that all of them are important but often technical perfection is essential to me when photographing – for instance - a spiral staircase.  In other cases, the story behind can be primordial, especially when I create a photographic series because all the images must have a thread conductor (one of the challenges that I am most passionate about).  But the mood is also important because it allows you to transmit emotions.




What generally is your relationship to your subject matter beyond being an observer?
Do you prepare carefully the locations where you are intending to photograph?

I like a lot this question because I have two very different ways of working.
If I am going to travel, I conscientiously prepare the trip, I investigate, and I always have my objectives clear in my mind. I try to be informed about the places I want to visit (schedules, access, distances... etc).  It's a lot of work to plan properly. That makes me enjoying the trip, and also what happened before and after.  On the other hand, when I'm shooting in my city, I like to visit the same location in different conditions (sunny days, gray days, at different times of the day, from one perspective, from another perspective … and sometimes fate decides for me.




What gear do you use (camera, lenses, bag)?

For most of my planned sessions, I like to take my Olympus OMD camera with its different lenses and of course my wide angle is never missing. On those occasions I also carry a tripod. But I also like “immediate” photography to capture what I see right at the moment and for that I use my Samsung Mobile. I think both are complementary, and so I don't miss any opportunity.


'What are you looking at?'


What software do you use to process your images?

I don't do a lot of processing on my images since I like the authenticity of the photo as it was taken and just do some small corrections on  perspective, exposure, texture… for which I use Photoshop and Lightroom (programs I´m still learning how to use). I fully focus on taking the image, but of course, it would be great to have more editing.  But... I am on the way.


'Looking through Mirrors'


Can you tell us something more about your work flow?

I think I explained about my work flow in previous questions. Please ask me if there is something you think might be interesting and I will answer your question.


'Golden Ratio'


What is your most important advice to a beginner in Architecture and Abstract Photography and how do you get started?

This is what I would advice: “Be patient and perseverate, don't hope for great results in a short term, this is a long-distance race. Investigate, surround yourself with people who help you to grow. Learn and improve day by day. But you should always be moved by PASSION, no other interest. Be yourself, and follow your dreams, only then you will achieve what you want".  Photography requires time and dedication but it always rewards us.




What would be your favourite photo? Please tell us the story behind it.

This is undoubtedly the most difficult question to answer. Each of my images represents me and is part of me. They are live experiences, learning, moments in good company, happy days and lesser happy days. But if I had to choose one, it would be the one titled 'ISOLATION'. This photo was taken in the middle of the Covid Pandemic and is a true reflection of what our lives were like at that time. Thankfully we're over it, but this photo is a testament to what it was. 




Who are your favourite photographers or mentors whose works have influenced you and your photography?

There are many who have been and are inspiring to me for many reasons and many of them are also part of the 1X family.  1X is a place where I learn every day and which has given me the opportunity to discover very talented photographers. I also really enjoy the Critics Forum, I think it's a unique opportunity that provide us the possibility to train ourselves in an easy way.  One get always good advice and good ideas and above all, the members of the Critics team have such a great willingness to help.




We almost reach the end of this interview and I would kindly ask you to share with us your future plans or photographic projects you would like to be involved in.

I do not waste the opportunities that are offered to me.  Last year, I was lucky to collaborate with 48 Open House Bcn as an Architecture photographer. It is a great and I was able to visit places that are not open to the public. At the end of April I finished my latest project, a new series that will be presented in international competitions in 2023. And right now I'm starting a new project but this time as a team. I think it will also make me continue learning and growing as a photographer.


'Sagrada Familia by Gaudí'


Is there anything else you wish to add  and what do you think about 1X as a home base for your work?

Joining 1X has been one of my best photography decisions. I feel good and proud to be part of this great photographic family. It has given me many things, it has made me improve and grow, not only as a photographer but also as a person.
Thank you all for your love, continuous support and great welcoming since day one. Thanks to the entire 1X Team and special thanks especially for this wonderful opportunity to you, dear Yvette.





'Le Choux by Gerard Granval'



'Virtuosity of shapes by Gehry'





As you yourself say: "Creating a work of art by photographing another work of art is a great challenge". That's why I'm always a bit reluctant to that kind of photography. Many of your pictures succeed in that difficult challenge. I must say that your favorite picture "Isolation" is a real chef-d'oeuvre!
Omg!!! It makes me blush to read your words at the same time that they make me very happy, Jean-Jacques. It is the best reward for the work behind each one of them ☺️ I agree with you, that image (ISOLATION) is both beautiful and a reflection of a reality that we live in the Pandemic. The truth, the merit lies in the design of the Architect, Richard Meier. Thanks a bunch!!! 🙏
Un reportaje excepcional. brillante y muy profesional, mis mas sinceras felicidades Mabel. Great work Yvette
Un millón de gracias Carles!!! Muy feliz por leer tus bonitas palabras y tu apoyo 🙏😊
Brilliant exhibition of exceptional talent!!
Really happy you think that about my work 😃 Many many thanks Louis 🙏
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Absolutely brilliant¡¡¡
Omg!!! Ton of thanks Txules 🙏 Happy to hear that ☺️
Wonderfully composed interview accompanied by beautiful photos. Mabel, as a lover of architecture photography, I always admire your beautiful photos, so accept my heartfelt congratulations. And thanks Yvette for interview summary and article publishing.
You know that admiration is mutual, your architectural compositions are always wonderful, you are inspiring to me. Thank you very much for your nice words :-)) Indeed, Yvette has done a fabulous job once again.
Congratulations Mabel, you have an amazing collection!
Biggest thanks Jianping, really happy you think so :-)
Biggest thanks Jianping, really happy you think so :-)
Hi Mabel, as you know, I am a big fan of your work. Congratulations on a great article. As you suggest, I always keep looking up :))
Hello Patricio, as you say, I know that you are a faithful follower and I thank you immensely, people like you make my work worthwhile ;-) I know that you also "look up" and I perfectly remember your beautiful abstract shot of the ceiling :-)
Hi Patricio, I know you're right ;-) and for that I am infinitely grateful for your constant support and your beautiful words, with people like you it makes the work behind it worthwhile. I perfectly remember your beautiful abstract "look up" of that ceiling that you discovered :-)
Beautiful work and inspiring interview . Thank you for sharing.
Thanks heaps Pang 🙏 really glad you think that ☺️
Amazing work, excellent perspectives , very inspiring, congratulations Mabel
Huge thanks Anita 🙏 really happy you like it ☺️🙋‍♀️
Brilliant and inspirational work, thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience Mabel, and thank you to Yvette for her incredible articles!
Thank you so much, Wayne. You make me blushing. I consider the magazine as 'my baby' ;-)
Oh Wayne your words move me, thanks for your comment 🙏 (Yvette: I feel "aunt" to your baby 😉)
The clear, uncluttered visual language convinces me. Congratulations and continued success!
Delighted with your nice words Stefan 🙏 I'm glad you like my work 🤍
We repeat the expression "stunning" a lot, but there is no other way to describe the beauty of your architecture photos. "Art, about art" I would say. Congratulations and a warm greeting.
I am overwhelmed with your words, I can only say THANK YOU 🙏. It is a great satisfaction that my work seems ART to you. A big hug 🤗
Impressive work! Congratulations Mabel!
Million of thanks Yanyan 🙏 much appreciated ☺️
Mabel, your work is impressive, inspiring, all these scenes have their stories to tell! Thank you for allowing this glimpse into your universe!
I am delighted that you find my photograph inspiring, dear Ludmila 😃 You know that I find your work very creative and full of sensitivity 🌼🌸🪻🌷🌺
Impressive inspiring photography!
What a joy to read your beautiful words dear Ludmila, especially because they come from someone with a lot of sensitivity. Infinite thanks 🙏😊🙋‍♀️
Wonderful interesting Images
Many thanks B.Balaji 🙏 glad you like it ☺️
Fantastic work, great images. Congrats dear Mabel and thank so much Yvette for this splendid interview !!!
Biggest thanks dear Thierry for your nice comment and support :-)
Thanks for your appreciation,Thierry !
Very emotional power in your excellent works! Appreciate very much your writing! Congratulations to you and your wonderful works. Thank you Yvette to make it happen as always!
Thank you for always supporting me in my work, dear Wangham. I also really enjoy your photographs 😊 That's right, without Yvette none of this would have been possible 🙏❤️
Thanks Wanghan Li and Mabel ;-)
Dear Mabel, thanks so much for sharing your passion with us and showing some of your beautiful architecture works. Congratulations' looking forward for more of your impressive works. Thanks also for Yvette for making it happen!
Millions of thanks for your support and nice words dear Arnón 🙏you know that I admire yours too. Without a doubt, more things will come and I hope you continue to enjoy them 😉 Without Yvette none of this would have been possible 😊
Thnk you Arnon and Mabel ;-)
much interesting article about you and your fantastic work, congratulations dear Mabel. A big thank also to Yvette
All credits go to Mabel, Hans-Wolfgang. Thanks for passing by, my friend.
No my dear Yvette without you this would not have been possible 😊 Tons of thanks dear Wolfgang for your constant support.
What a nice surprise to see your work promoted here, dear Mabel! Though I feel I know you a bit from all correspondence we had, I enjoyed reading your thoughts. Congratulations!
I am delighted with this opportunity that Yvette has given me (I still can't believe it ☺️) I greatly appreciate your words dear Mike 🙏 Not only do I admire your work, but I have learned a lot from you. Thank you for being so involved and sharing your knowledge and time with all of us. I feel like I know you a bit too ;-)
Fantastic work and very inspiring interview, dear Mabel! Congratulations my dear friend!
As always kind and supportive dear Yannick ☺️ Lot of thanks 🙏
Hello Mabel, you show us some very impressive work here! "Isolation" and "Psychedelia" are my personal favourites. Congratulations on this contribution! Best regards Markus
Thanks a million for your nice words Markus, an honor coming from another lover of Architecture photography. Your portfolio is wonderful too. You have made a good choice ;-)
Congratulations, Mabel! Thanks for your fine collaboration. It was a pleasure to interview you. Cheers, Yvette
Thank you from the bottom of my heart dear Yvette and 1X Magazine for giving me this opportunity. I have no words to describe the emotion I feel when reading your beautiful words. For me it is without a doubt the best reward for the work of the last 4 years. Belonging to this great community has been one of the best photographic experiences I've ever had. I have not stopped learning and growing as a photographer since I joined you and it has given me the opportunity to meet not only great photographers but also beautiful people. Thanks to all of them for their support as well 🙏❤️
I always look forward to seeing your beautiful work, dear Mabel, and it's lovely to read more about you in this article. Sincere congratulations, and thank you so much for your very kind words about the Critique Forum. Thanks also to Yvette for this wonderful article.
My pleasure, Elizabeth ... Mabel really deserves to be in the spotlights.
Thanks as always to you dear Elizabeth, always by my side since I started this adventure, I learn every day from you and the rest of the Team. Today Yvette and 1X make me feel immensely grateful and happy 🙏❤️