Hello my name is Rafael Gonzalez, from a young age I have always been surrounded by art in one form or another. My mother was very interested in the "Fine Arts" and bought my brother and I books on the subject. As I got older I became interested in photography and started experimenting with the camera. When I bought my first camera in 1970, a Minolta, I felt in love with photography and from that moment I never stopped taking pictures.The camera provides me with an immediate freedom I love, and it is through this medium that I am most comfortable expressing my self and my need to be creative.My choice of subject mater comes form sensitivity and intuition, fueled by a desire to be part of the stories happening around me. The constant change in light and atmosphere in "Nature" offers me and infinite array of creative opportunities. When taking a picture I try to capture the light within the shadows. The ability to capture a moment ether be a sunset, a beautiful flower, an animal in quiet repose or a person occupy doing their daily chores fascinates me. I hope my photographs will take people to a specific moment in time. My desire is that my photos will make them understand my reality and at the same that that reality will become their own. I also wish to communicate with people of diverse ethnic backgrounds through my photography.