Anthony Perez is a photographer and filmmaker based in Madrid. We had the opportunity to sit down with him and find out more about how his passion for storytelling has influenced the way he sees his hometown.
Where does your interest in photography come from?
I’ve always been curious about people, and to me photography is just an excuse to fulfill that curiosity. I’m inspired when I get to meet people from all different walks of life. I like to get a glimmer into other people’s lies to find out how they got to where they are. Whether it’s a chef, leather worker, architect or engineer, you get a lot from just observing others and being curious. It’s important to me not just to capture a nice shot, but to tell a person’s story. My photos are better when I take the time to ask the subject questions and connect with them.
Have you always been interested in photography?
It’s funny because I didn’t really come from a creative background. I grew up on a farm in Preston, England which meant I was surrounded by nature but there wasn’t much to do. I think there’s were my wanderlust and curiosity to see explore new places developed
How did you end up in Madrid?
My dad is Spanish, so when I was offered a spot in an exchange program I took a year out to come and study in Madrid and here I am five years later. I’ve worked in coffee shops, bars and all sorts but I just really fell in love with the quality of life here, the food is incredible and you meet some really interesting people. I think it will be my base for a long time to come.
Where do you find your inspiration?
That’s the great part about Madrid. You can find inspiration anywhere. Whether that’s taking a walk down a street I don’t recognize or just going for a cycle there’s always something new to see. I love to talk to the people around me and ask genuine questions.
What’s your favorite neighborhood?
My favorite neighborhood would definitely have to be La Latina, it’s really easy to get lost around the winding streets, there’s always hustle and bustle, incredible food, and great plazas for people watching.
What spots would you recommend we visit?
Toma Café has been my favorite spot for a coffee in Madrid since day one. I worked there for a while and they really started the coffee revolution In Madrid.
Another one of myfavorites is Celso y Manolo. It’s a really classy spot with great food (you have to try the chuleton de tomate) and vermouth. It’s a classy place that i think really captures the castizo spirit great for people watching.
Any tips other tips for exploring Madrid?
There’s so much to see which means you’ll probably drain your battery using you GPS. Google Maps has a great offline feature, which is perfect for saving the spots you want to visit without using up your data.
Other than that, don’t be afraid to talk to locals. Talk to the people you meet during your trip. Or even just talk to the coffee shop barista! Their insight is always indispensable.
We have handpicked homes in Madrid that are just a few minutes from Anthony’s favorite spots. Plus, during your stay you’ll have access to an Oasis Sidekick. Think of them as a travel expert who’s there to help you experience the city as a local.