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Art & Life with Arturo Gonzalez

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

Arturo, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I started getting into photography in 2010. I started to travel and wanted to capture the trips on a camera. I would post my photos on Facebook and would receive a lot of praise for my photos. The positive feedback encouraged me to learn more about photography and I soon upgraded my equipment. I continued to practice taking better photos. I then joined Instagram in late 2015 and the positive feedback continued. Photography has allowed me to connect with many cool people and capture the beauty of architecture, landscape, and people.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My photography portfolio mostly consists of cityscapes, landscapes, and nightscapes. The messages I would like to convey via my photos are:

1) Appreciate the beauty this planet has to offer. The landscape photos I take are mostly from national parks. We take for granted the beauty in nature and I hope my photos inspire people to visit these places.
2) To explore the city and see how amazing the architecture is in Chicago. I’ve been able to see the city via helicopter, boat, and rooftops. Chicago is an amazing city to photograph.
3) Take people to places that they may never see. A number of my Instagram followers are not from Chicago. I do my best to take photos that give them an idea of how incredible Chicago is.

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
The two P’s, Practice and Patience. If you want to get better at your craft, keep practicing. This also includes getting constructive feedback. You also have to be patient. If you’re expecting to be an overnight success, you are going to be very disappointed. It may be some time before your work gets recognized. Keep working hard and network with the right people.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Folks can view my photos via Instagram at:

https://www.instagram.com/thekoolaidman/

Folks can support my work by going to my website and see all the different offerings available for purchase at:

https://arturogonzalez.smugmug.com/

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