Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Ana Cuba. I’m a photographer, based in London but originally from Spain.
Photo – Lita Bosch
What have you done for PERDIZ?
I’ve shot two stories so far. One about Tim Cockerill, who dresses up little fleas, and another one about a maze designer, Adrian Fisher.
Can you tell us about the shoots? How do you approach photographing someone doing the thing they love most?
Well, for the flea one with Tim I remember borrowing a macro lens from him, and thankfully I did, as those fleas were the smallest thing I have ever photographed! Both Tim and Adrian were so passionate about what they do, it’s actually hard not to get into it. I love shooting for Perdiz in that sense, the people to photograph normally have very niche hobbies/professions: it’s very refreshing.
What was the most interesting thing you learnt from them?
Well, I remember asking Tim in an email before meeting if the fleas were actually alive or not! It sounds silly, but I was nervous about how the hell I was going to focus those tiny little fleas if they were moving around! (Spoiler: they are totally dead). However, I asked because I had seen Tim also does have a flea circus, training live fleas to do little tricks… With Adrian, I was just mindblown about how many projects he’s done all over the world – you wouldn’t think a maze designer would be so in demand!
When did you wake up today? What did you have for breakfast?
I woke up around 9AM, super late! I had nowhere to be early in the morning which felt really nice. I had Spanish Dinosaur biscuits for breakfast. I buy tonnes of boxes of them every time I go to Spain. I bring more of those back to London than nice jamón or cheese. I love them so much!
What makes you happy in your day-to-day life?
Coming back to my Spanish roots again: knowing that I can have a quick 30min nap on a weekday makes me feel the most fortunate person in the world!
Do you remember the last time something made you laugh and what it was?
My flatmate Mayan makes me laugh every day, we laugh at the most stupid things all the time, and whenever we don’t have anything to talk about we just check on our kitchen plant and congratulate ourselves for keeping it alive for over six months now.
Is there something you’ve changed or begun recently and that has made your life better?
Trying to say no to some work, I felt quite overworked last year.
Can you recommend us somewhere in your city that makes you feel well?
I love walking around the canal (by Broadway market, towards Angel) on a sunny day.
And a song that puts a bounce in your step?
Slow Dance by The Tallest Man on Earth.
And a food that makes your stomach happy?
What was the last piece of good news you remember reading?
I honestly can’t remember!