Influenced by urban environments, skateboarding culture, and daily life scenarios, Rafael Gonzalez has developed a signature vision exploring the relationship of these elements through meticulously constructed images taken in a variety of places, where cultures and societies collide or coincide.
The streets Gonzalez wanders and the places he photographs defy time and space, they could exist anywhere in any decade, and convey the enormous complexity of urban life, putting the viewer in a position they may rarely find themselves.
His specific use of contrast, light, shadows and well-defined framing is related to his analog approach to image-making. He uses a range of film cameras, experimenting from large format to 35mm, and it gives his work a certain edge that feels both secretive and original, sacred and true.
Selected publications, articles, and interviews include Juxtapoz Magazine, i-D, Transworld Skateboarding, The Leica Camera blog, Lomography, Ilford Photo, Monster Children, between others.