Raul Gonzales Jr.
As a photographer and documentarian, I see life in the ways of celebrations, sorrows, hardships, joys, questionable motives, and intimidation. With these kind of environments, I often approach some homeless and ask them for their permission to hang out with them, get to know them. Showing them that I am just a human is what I do best. I offer them food and money even though by today’s standards its more taboo than ever, that won’t stop me from doing what I need to do for humanity’s sake.
Images are likely to be found in monochromatic black and white style. I find it more intimate for the viewer to immerse them-self, to feel their emotions within the eyes of the portrait, their souls captured and vulnerable enough to make you feel their energy through my bodies of work.
With color, I do photograph in color, but when I do photograph people in color, I am just documenting their clothing, their style, the distractions, and there isn’t much “emotions” being felt and creating a relationship with the viewer.
I have been a photographer for a few years, having attended Cypress College with completion of the majority of certificates available. I am what I am.