Galatea and I welcome you to our site. I’m Photographer J. Gonzalez and on my lap is my extremely rambunctious and spoiled 5-year-old dachshund, Galatea. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and I am currently working towards a Master of Fine Arts. Naturally, as a photographer, my area of study is photography, which I have been passionate about since my early high school years. Initially inspired by great photographers like Ansel Adams, who seeded my deep appreciation of landscape photography, I learned through studying his and others’ work the importance of how light and shadows work together to create a work of art. However, it was the countless hours I spent in my school’s wet darkroom and later in a makeshift darkroom I set up in a walk-in closet at my parents’ house that moved my interest from simply appreciating others’ work, to a decade’s long passion.
But my passion for photography is not limited to the outdoors; throughout the years I have grown as a photographer and have expanded my creative interest. Robert Mapplethorpe’s wonderful command of light moved me to create still-life images and other photographers who create work with an abstract undertone moved me in that direction. Yes, landscape will always interest me; it’s rewarding to share and different perspectives with those who are familiar with the scene and equally if not more so, to show someone who has never seen that small part of the world, my perspective as seen through my photographer’s eye. However, the same can be said for all other genres with regards to showing my unique perspective. My still life work uses shadows and highlights to emphasize the subject or its form for those that lean towards abstract. With my abstracts, I hope they move you to question how it was created and what it is, which is one of the most enjoyable aspects when looking at any abstracts. But whatever genre, it is the play between light and shadow that allows me to express my creative vision which I hope will show you a new perspective.
Gala and I thank you for visiting. Please comment, critique, or ask any questions if you so desire.