My journey so far

I always knew I was not a science person. I was always really bad at maths, I never liked physics and I never liked sports. I guess my interest for art began on high school (although I’ve studied literature all through those 3 years). At the time I was already super interested in portuguese literature and music but I never knew what I really wanted to do with my life. But there was always something inside me that knew that I wanted to pursue art. The only reason I didn’t study art in high school was because we didn’t have that option on the high school I went to, but I don’t regret studying literature because that’s something that I really like as well and that has growned on me.

On my senior year it was time to choose what to do next and I felt completely lost. I knew I wanted to study art but I didn’t knew what kind of art I wanted. So I decided to take a three year degree on a university that had a bit of everything inside the art world: photography, cinema, graphic design, argument and sound. I went crazy. One year after I decided that I wasn’t happy where I was and that degree wasn’t for me. So, I packed my things and I moved out. Again, I was super lost and I didn’t knew what I wanted to do exactly but this time I definitely knew what I didn’t want to do. I don’t know exactly where my interest for photography began but it was always something really close to me and that I always liked. At the time I never thought I was going to make a living out of it (I still don’t, I want to try a lot of stuff and this is all part of the process). So on the next year I started a degree on Visual Arts and Photography that completely changed my life. Since my first year, my professors taught me to look at the world from a different point of view. They challenged us with projects that we had to work on through conceptual art and (if we wanted to) through photography. It’s interesting to look back and to think how many times I thought my professors were completely insane to think that I could develop a project based on a such silly or random subject.

Before my degree I was never suuuuper interested in photography. I only knew that I liked photography and as I learned more about art I started to look at photography in a different way. A way of expressing myself. That’s what photography is for me. Now with everything that I have learnt and most importantly with what I continue to learn, I want to develop more projects about identity (which I’ve been working all through university and I will write a post about why do I insist on working on it). I want to read more, to learn more to search more and make something that I’ll be completely proud of. For me it’s an amazing experience working on a project with everything that I have, put all of my ideas, fears and frustrations there. Looking at the final result for me it’s like medicine. A momentary cure for my frustrations and a step closer to a conclusion or final result (or not?).

Right now my life has completely changed again. Last year by September I started a master degree that two months later I decided it was not for me so I started to look for a job (I might right a post about my experience on jobs interview a some tips). And yes, after a few months I finally got the job I wanted as a photographer. I’m learning and growing a lot as a person and as a  professional and I’m enjoying every moment. My days are now completely full and I barely have time for myself but one thing is for sure: I enjoy every free time that I have a lot more than I did before. So when I got back from Rome I started to work right on the next day and I started to work on a new project as well. A project that I’m putting my heart and soul into where everything is very well thought. With this I started to dedicate my free time to my creativity and to my website that I want to work on so badly and I can’t wait to share more of my journey with you!

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Photography Beatriz Gonçalves

My photography inspiration

I have a LOT of inspirations when it comes to photography. One of my biggest influences is the surrealism vanguard what became the basis of my work when I started photographing and creating. I was always completely fascinated by surrealism and everything that involves it. I mean when you look to a Magritte’s painting you always end up thinking what the f am I looking at? What does this mean? What is the message behind it and what is the painter trying to say? It’s really fascinating for me looking at paintings and wonder why is it the way is it and this is something I wanted for my work. René Magritte is my favourite surrealist painter as well as Max Ernst, Dalí and Miró. Besides that Mondrian, Yves Klein, Kandinsky are big inspirations as well when it comes to abstract and contemporary art. Of course it all depends of what I want to shoot but overall these are my main art inspirations. For example, lately I’ve been getting super inspired by renaissance and rococo art. I’ve been working on a new project super inspired by portraits from that time where everything is so over the top, especially the clothing what I find fascinating as well as the posing and backgrounds full of wallpapers and flowers.

Though I know my images are pretty cohesive my inspirations are always changing.  There was a time where I only did abstract and minimalistic images, and there was another time where I was only interested on surrealistic images where the body had the main focus. And through these times I never or rarely shoot faces and right now I’m more interested than ever on shooting faces and beautiful portraits with a lot of colour, vintage feelings and painting inspiration. But in spite of everything  here are some of my all time favorite artists/photographers: Synchrodogs (one of my biggest inspirations), Gioconda and August, Romina Ressia, Maise Cousins, Jimmy Marble, Brooke DiDonato, Paul Jung, Giuseppe Palmisano, Guy Bourdin, Maria Svasbová, Kelsey McClellan, Harley Weir (another of my biggest inspirations), Polly Penrose, Coco Capitán, Ren Hang, and Shae DeTar. All of these amazing artists have they’re name linked to they’re Instagram page so you can check them out. They inspire me when it comes to posing, styling, editing, lighting…everything.

Here are other photographers, artists, magazines, editors and creators that I really love when it comes to daily inspiration: Chiara Nonino, Francesca Marini, iGnant, Carlota Winder, Clo, Martina Matencio, Somewhere MagazineAesthetica Magazine, SSAW, Wonderland Magazine, If you leave, Acreati, Arianna Lago, Carlota Guerrero and Michela Caprera.

Hopefully I’m not forgetting anyone and I hope you get as inspired as I.

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Photography Beatriz Gonçalves

My identity as a photographer

When I started my degree on Visual Arts and Photography I really didn’t knew who I wanted to be in photography or what I wanted to do. I just knew that I liked photography and I wanted to learn more about it. I learned a lot on those three years and definitely learned a lot about myself. I learned that when it  comes to art and to life all the limits we see are in our heads.

When it comes to photography, my inspirations and aspirations changed a lot over the years and it’s really interesting to see my  progress as time goes by and as I get more and more experience from it. I remember when I start shooting small school projects on my first year of university. My photography was so minimalistic and abstract, I only photographed forms, body parts, objects and shadows. Nothing really special but it became such a big part of what I am now as a photographer and as an artist! I think that we have to try everything to see what fit us the best. For example, I used to photograph music concerts and festivals and I’ve considered making that my career, but as I learned more and more about art I got totally fascinated by it and I realized I wanted my work to be seen as a piece of art and that it was much more abstract than documentary photography, photojournalism or something like that.

As time went by, and as my interest for art started to grow, I’ve started developing my own artistic projects and that was a big part of discovering what and wanted to do and what I wanted to be. First I start by developing the conceptual part of my project or what I want my project to say, and this takes me a lot of time because it’s important to have something important to say to the world through your work/photography. There is no right way to do this, sometimes I start working on a specific subject based on something that I saw or based on personal experiences, but either way, looking for inspiration is essencial (and there’s a post coming up all about where do I get my inspiration from and how my creative process works). Once I feel like I have enough information I will start to shoot! Every photographic project that I have has a conceptual part to it, has a reason to be the way it is and that is called what you may have heard as conceptual art!

On my latest projects I’ve been focusing my photography on the camouflage thing and you can read all about that on my portfolio here on my website. I’ve been investing a lot more on styling and trying to make that work with the space where I’m shooting. I can see a lot of development since my last year’s work to this year’s and I couldn’t be happier with my progress. I always try to create an image that’s interesting to look at and at the same time that makes people think of why the image is the way it is. But I’m sure my work will continue to chance over time, and I will always try to experiment new things or else my images will be the same thing over and over. But rather it’ll be on my way of shooting, positioning the model, styling, location or editing, I’ll always try to have my signature well noticed. Because it makes me really happy when someone tells me that they can recognize one of my images anywhere. That’s such a big complement to a photographer.

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A little bit of red

I know that in these first two posts I’ve been wearing a lot of red but I promise that’s pure coincidence ahaha. I’m writing this post to share with you two things I’ve been obsessing over these past days. First of all I’ve finally bough a beret to wear this next season and I really don’t know why I haven’t done it sooner! I mean how cute is it? I’ve never liked wearing hats or berets or anything in my head (and I don’t really know why I guess I always though it wouldn’t look right because of my bangs) but this baby looks always right. And then this trench coat and I finally found the perfect one. This gorgeous baby it’s from Stradivarius and I bought it on sale for 15€ and it couldn’t be more perfect. I love his length and I thinks it looks absolutely amazing with everything. This is such a classic way to wear it, I mean black, white and red look so nice together. You can never go wrong with it and it gives you such lovely parisian vibes which I love. I will post a lot of more outfits wearing it probably on my Instagram.

 

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