We had the good fortune of connecting with Antonio D. Gonzalez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Antonio, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Photography is the creative expression that relieves my anxiety. Art lets me know that everything will be okay, and that the world isn’t as shitty as it seems. When I’m roaming the streets with my camera, my world pauses, and I am able to breathe. This is why my main hobby involves creating art. Just like the cheesy saying, “The ‘Earth’ without ‘art’ is just ‘eh’. Art is everything, giving this world the color it needs in order for us to remain sane.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
If there’s one thing I learned throughout the years of creating street photography, it is that bravery is a very important quality to execute whilst roaming the streets with your camera. When you see a person that you think makes a great subject in the current scenery, you need that courage that will give you a push to walk up to them and ask them for a photograph. Without courage, the creation of street photography is boring.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, Downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica Pier, Venice Canals
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family are the people that have always supported my artistic endeavours. They have been a support system that any artist would be lucky to have. If it was not for them, I do not think I would have continued creating art. They are the backbone of my photography,
Antonio D. Gonzalez