Capturing the hidden beauty of life | 捕捉生命隱藏之美

Gonzier is the artist name of photographer Guillermo Gabriel González Marroquín – a name he describes as “taking like an hour to type” – who currently lives and works in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas. Gonzier’s work is an expression of his appreciation for what he sees around him – friends and places, nature and beauty. When asked which is his favourite theme, his answer is simply “my life.”

Fittingly, Gonzier’s work process is not about preparation, staging or building a shot, but rather about placing himself in a situation where he can be inspired to capture spontaneously what goes on around him. “There is beauty in the nature of real moments,” he says. “The shots you see in my portfolio were taken randomly, on days I was simply hanging out with my friends and an idea for a picture would come to my mind.”

Gonzier is self-taught, and though he finds inspiration in certain other photographers, he does not really see himself having any role models. “I never liked to follow anyone’s steps. In fact, I’m super stubborn,” he says. ”I believe one must be the one and only critic of the things one creates.

“I do appreciate advice, but for me art is a form of voice. You can’t let other people influence what you’re going to say or the way you say it,” he adds. “Once you’re comfortable enough with your art, and find the reason why you’re creating it, you should be able to decide by yourself what you’re doing right and what is not good. A connection with your work is key to success within it.”

A family trip to Europe sparked Gonzier’s photography interest, and he has not stopped snapping since. “Photography allows me to appreciate the things around me that I normally ignored. It allows me to see things from a different perspective, one in which I can see the beauty in people, places and moments that I’d normally consider nothing special, even though they are.”

Creating a connection with the subject is key to capturing something beyond “pretty faces.” Gonzier relates to a time where he was walking with a girl he was supposed to photograph, but no inspiration had struck him. “Suddenly, it started raining like crazy. I politely suggested for us to go hide from the rain somewhere, but she decided we should keep on shooting and man, what a beautiful moment it was. We spent almost an hour just laughing and taking photos under the rain. She was so confident and beautiful. I just loved capturing every part of that.”

After a stormy few years, Gonzier now eagerly looks forward to moving ahead into the future. Calling his best project so far “always the one that is coming next”, the young shutterbug is now in the envious position of choosing which one of his two dream schools to go study in. Savannah College of Arts and Design, and the Art Institure of Chicago, have both admitted him with scholarships. With new places and new people in his sights, Gonzier’s inspiring work is sure to continue!

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由於本名太長,現在身居及工作於委內瑞拉首都加拉加斯的攝影師Guillermo Gabriel González Marroquín為自己起了一個藝術家名字「Gonzier」。他的作品主要圍繞他身邊的事物,例如朋友、地方、環境甚至「美」本身。當別人問他最喜歡的主題的時候,他的答案簡單而直接:「我的人生」。

由此而生,你可以想像他的作品跟構築場景或佈置環境沒有太大關係。他喜歡被他當時身處的時空所啟發,並自然而然地捕捉那個場面。「大自然充斥著很多美的瞬間 – 你在我的作品集裡看見的都是很隨性的拍攝,有時候我跟朋友聚會的時候可能就會突然間有一張照片拍攝的主意跳進我的腦海裡面。」

身為一個自學的攝影師,Gonzier雖然會從不同的攝影師的作品中吸取靈感,卻沒有特定想要學習的模範。「我從不喜歡跟從誰的腳步。我很固執,我相信創作者本身應該堅持自己的想法。」

「當然我也很歡迎別人的建議,但對我來說藝術是一種聲音:你不能夠讓別人的想法影響你想發出的聲音。當你對於自己的創作有信心並知道緣何而創作的時候,你就應該能夠自己決定自己做得是對還是錯。能夠與自己的作品相通就算是成功了。」

自從某年與家人歐洲遊之後,Gonzier便愛上了攝影。「攝影讓我開始懂得欣賞我平時會忽視的東西;它讓我從不同角度觀察事物,讓我可以看見平時察覺不到的人、地或某個瞬間的美麗。」

要拍的一張好照片,與被攝人物建立溝通並且互相信任是不可缺少的一環。
Gonzier分享他有一次跟女模特兒拍攝時卻毫無靈感時的經歷。「突然間就下起滂沱大雨來了!我出於禮貌的向她建議去某處避雨,她卻說我們應該繼續在雨中拍攝,那一刻真是美麗極了!我們一邊笑這便花了差不多一個小時在雨中進行拍攝。那個時候她撒發著自信的樣子非常炫目,當然我也非常享受這樣的拍攝過程。」

在充滿了掙扎的幾年之後,Gonzier現在對於未來充滿盼望。總是說自己最好的照片是「下一張」的他,現正在處於讓人羨慕的位置:同時得到了薩凡納藝術設計大學和芝加哥藝術學院的獎學金,只需要選擇於哪一間就讀而已!在未知的新城市,可以預見的是將會有各種新面孔,可以讓他繼續進行著他所喜愛的攝影。

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