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Art & Life with David Gavilanes

Today we’d like to introduce you to David Gavilanes.

David, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’m on a mission to take my experiences and formulate a bridge. This bridge is meant to unite cultures, ages, and genders. I’ve danced for about 10 years now. 4 of those years were done professionally. 8 of those years was spent teaching, as well as training intensively.

I’ve been photographing for 8 years. I’m aiming to take iconic if not, historic shots. You know, those shots where people can’t believe what they see. Images like Alberto Korda, in 1960 when he photographed Che Guevara. I moved to the United States from Cuenca, Ecuador when I was 3 1/2. Moved between New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. Now, I’m looking for more in Los Angeles. I’ve been out here for almost 3 years now.

Late August it’ll be 3 years. I’m proud to have gotten this far. I’ve met so many, learned about their stories, and am slowly formulating how to give back on a much larger scale.

Just like some inspiring Ecuatorianos, Fernando Coellar & Gustavo Moscoso. Two artists that inspire me to be myself even that much more!

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I’m a photographer. Usually when I explore, for clients, or personal projects. It’s a great feeling that rushes through me when I can create/capture exactly what I Invision.

My inspiration comes from superheroes, movies, and a bit of anime. I’m just trying to capture the most epic shots, and help everyone feel as if they are in that next movie to be coming out soon!

I take my craft seriously and want to work with those who also can understand the time/skill/effort that goes into all of what I do.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Podcasts, use your cell phone camera, rent equipment, look to work under someone who has been in the game!

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I host photography classes for beginners and travel around while I’m creating content, so it is an easy way to see what I’ll be doing next.

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Image Credit:
@Alexanof, @katiemino, @taylorthomas

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