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Daily Inspiration: Meet Timothy Gonzalez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Timothy Gonzalez.

Hi Timothy, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I’m a Brooklyn-born photographer, curator, and electronic music composer living in downtown Los Angeles. At the age of 13, my father gifted me with a used 35mm Chinon, which changed my view of the world. I photographed everything from architecture to macro life, but the one thing that commanded my attention was the frenetic energy of street life.

The speed of moving cars, the tension between towering buildings, but mostly the interaction of people peaked my curiosity. Living vicariously through someone else’s experience felt natural and exciting. This is when I knew my voyeuristic curiosities through documentary photography was my calling. Years later, after attending the School of Visual Arts, NYC, and Glassel School of Art, Houston, in the late ’90s, photography brought me closer to the Houston art scene. This constant curiosity led me to the politically based Station Museum of Contemporary Art. As a curator, I developed my voice and grew as an artist with the guidance of director James Harithas. This is when the socio-political side emerged in my work. The most ordinary images became unusual artifacts. Street culture, graffiti culture, lgbtq+ culture all seemed familiar. Prolifically collecting the American contemporary experience through my viewfinder. Currently, I work as an art consultant in feature films and owner of CMAI (Center Mark Art Installation).

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
There have always been challenges along the way. As an artist, I learned to accept that early on. As a child, I had to deal with congenital heart disease, in which I’ve had two corrective surgeries. I learned to be resilient mentally, physically and financially. Because as an artist, you struggle. You learn that the art world is sometimes as political as government and sometimes as arbitrary. How you navigate the system is an art form in itself and I’m still learning.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
My photography delves mainly into street life. I live blocks away from Skid Row where it feels like there’s an insurmountable homeless/mental health crisis. I will sometimes interview people just to hear their stories but mostly take a step back to try and reflect on what’s really happening in my neighborhood. In contrast to that, I also photograph my travel experiences around the globe, and before covid, I loved photographing live concerts. Now I mainly work in pods with Set Decorators in film, trying to promote other artists’ works. I also like collaborating with galleries through curatorial practices or simply through art installation. I think what sets me apart from others is my point of view, my eye, and my willingness to empathize with the world around me.

Alright so before we go can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
I’m usually open to collaborate if the ideas and creative energy match. Right now, I’m focusing on supporting artists as this new covid era has almost put a halt to the gallery art scene. I can be reached through my website at www.socialbends.com.

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