Wander Talks: Episode 4 – Jose Gonzalez
In this episode of KTB presents Wander Talks, Rachel sits down with fellow USF student and friend, Jose Gonzalez, to talk about architecture, photography, and how the two art forms parallel each other and thus aid in the improvement of one another. Last week, she sat down with ladies from her exercise science class to talk lifting.
Jose is an architecture major at USF. The program is only a masters program, so students within the major are working at a graduate level to begin with. Jose told me the he basically “lives in the architecture building,” which reveals how much dedication the major requires. I was surprised at how grueling the major sounded. It can require weeks to months work on one project that is then critically analyzed by the professors, whom are actually attempting to replicate real-life clients. We joked about how the sleepless nights that come with the program produce close friendships, which I definitely believe is a perk that stems from having to experience all-nighters and cram sessions in college.
We also talked about how photography became a passion for Jose, and how it correlated well with his current architectural studies. Photography requires the ability to analyze scenery, and pinpoint various elements to create the best visual representation of that scene in one simple picture. Lighting, angle, models, and background all play a part in producing an aesthetically pleasing picture, and it is the photographer’s job to capture it all.
Jose explained to me his perspective on architecture and how it has influenced his way of viewing his surroundings which he has implemented in his eye behind the lens. He specified how important angles and the model’s positioning can add or retract from the picture as a whole, and how a body in space resembles architecture models.
His vision is to capture the model’s personality or what she radiates as a person in general, as opposed to the typical “pose here pose there” photo shoot (which is still great, by the way). It is a very different perspective on photography.
I’ve been lucky enough to work with him as a model myself, and I feel that his artistic process is unique and is definitely reflected in his work. He creates a challenge for the model to move freely while he captures them so precisely in the surrounding environment. And with this, he merges his architectural perspective with his photographical vision to create stunning images.
Make sure to check out his social media accounts!
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