Tola was born in Chile in the late sixties but in 1974 her
family moved to Spain.
She studied advertising, photography, screenwriting and cinematic
arts at the Centro de Estudios Cinematográficos de
She was employed in various audio-visual production and media
jobs. Her work experience has been very varied and eclectic.
Possibly thanks to her multi-faceted nature and her experience
of many different life situations, she found fiction to be
a refuge and a means of expression: drawing, photography or
making short films.
In 2009, with a small compact camera, she began to take photographs
with herself as a model. This began as somewhat of a game
but then, using digital retouching to its full potential,
it gradually became something much more complex, open and
demanding. Not just because of the potential photography has
to create imaginary situations or for dramatization, but also
because it allowed her to combine her other passions of drawing,
art, handicraft and working with her body.
In 2010 she completed her first photographic project consisting
of 64 images for a short film entitled Peter and Wendy. In
it she doubles up as all the different characters and, using
collages, gets them to interact, thus giving J.M. Barrie’s
novel a new twist.
That same year she bought a good camera and created her blog
Trece Segundos dedicated to what she calls self-photos. The
name of the blog refers to the time she needs to take a breath,
press the shutter, pose and wait for the photo to be shot.
Afterwards she works with Photoshop to make illustrations
or different compositions. She writes an accompanying text
to insert between one still frame and another in order to
tell a story, or to talk about or reflect upon various subjets
with humour, colour and fantasy. It could also be described
as a photofiction blog. With her work she also hopes to be
able to hold up a different and more diversified view of women
than what we see through the media by somehow being unique
and at the same time representing many different women at
the same time.