Black and White Excellence
Rafael Gonzalez is a photographer who found his signature vision in urban analog photography. The artist experiments with a wide range of film cameras, from large formats to 35 mm, but remains focused on urban environments and everyday life. His works found their way to exhibitions around the world and the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Panama. But most of all, whether they are portraits, architectural images, or photos documenting the skateboarding world, his photos found their way to the public’s heart.
I would describe my aesthetic as a texture-oriented pattern. My work focuses on the elements I see in my everyday life around the city. It was a very natural process to identify a certain style of photography.
Analog photography has a specific edge and drama. It captures the moment as it is and doesn’t leave space for any mistakes or indecision. Gonzalez’s photos have artful compositions, in which movement, surfaces, and characters come together in a cohesive and well-documented story. With an eye for textures and patterns, the photographer captures the spirit of the city, created by people and embellished in concrete and steel. Black and white photography and the restrains of analog cameras design the perfect environment for depicting urban life.
The city is always on the move, and Gonzalez goes with the flow. His favourite work is the next one, the one he hadn’t start yet, which promises a fresh start. You can see the artist’s versatility in his portfolio, in his attention to detail, and his infinite care for space and relationships between elements. Gonzalez transforms layers of cultures and societies into universal art.
In 2017, Rafael Gonzalez started a magazine dedicated to skateboarding culture, travels, and film photography, called Interstate. The magazine and an audiovisual piece shot on 16mm film are the projects that keep him busy these days. The artist continues his artistic journey alongside a changing world as he always did.
Article written by Monica Radulescu