Interview with Paris Gonsalves | Edition XIX.2

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Name: Paris Gonsalves

Location: New York

Short Term Plans? 
To continue to build my portfolio in fashion and wedding, I really want to get in to Men’s Fashion.

How do you describe your Photography style to people?

It’s young, in a stage of seeing everything and wanting to do it, still hungry for information and more techniques. But I’ve notice that I gravitate towards contrasting themes, “beautiful” & “ugly”, “Evil” & “Good” and so on. 

Who are some people you would like to work with?

Annie Leiboritz & Baron Wolman are some photographers I would like to work with 
Prince, Anita baker, Kelly Rowland, Kate Bush, Lady Gaga, Adele and Natiruts are some artist I would love to photograph
I wish I could have worked with Helmut Newton and  Alexander McQueen. 

How does music influence your work?

It’s a huge source of inspiration for me. Being open to how it makes me feel and the thoughts it may bring on makes it easier to take my own interpreted journey. I love music and to be able to catch the process of it from head to toe and all thats in between is a long standing dream of mine.

How is the internet changing your craft?
The Internet provides an instant library of information. Information will always affect any craft, it’s essential to the growth of it.  Connection to worlds, culture, people, music, you wouldn’t normally have access to. It also provides space for you to broadcast  parts of you through that same window, whether that be sharing your craft or allowing it to stand as ur own soap box. It has becoming important in lives of most artist, as we can be marketed almost completely by ourselves, with out much need for a third party. 

Do you feel like what you are doing is important?

A unused gift is wasted and it’s important for any artist to release that gift into what ever medium helps them better express it. It is important for me express the thoughts and feelings that build inside me, not just for the eyes of others but most importantly to see those thought and feeling come alive for my own benefit. I frequently look over my work in process and finding it leading me to  different ideas, or just how I can better speak through my work. 

When you started out did you think it would be a serious business?
No, it was just a program my mother stuck me in, to keep me busy one summer. I drop the art, only to pick it up at a later date by chance. It was all in search of passion, where it would lead me and how can I express my vision to those around me. It wasn’t until I did my first wedding that I began to take it seriously. 

Must art have a relationship to the rest of the world?
I feel it first must have a relationship with the artist, and by default it will have a relationship with the world. Well, honestly things will always have relationship with whats around it if the energy is put out there. But like any relationship you get what you put in good or bad 

Lastly, could you talk about any long-term goals you have in mind
I would love to documentaries on the lives of artists as well as fine arts is what I hope to lead up to. Although I think I will always have a love for fashion and the intensity and joy of sharing a couples wedding day. I long for a more personal and intimate connection with my art in order to better express myself through it.

  • Paris Gonsalves

    Designer: YaaSerwaah By Akuoku
    Model: Kiana and Kristine Mcgarrah
    MUA: Madlen Rizkalla
    Wardrobe/Stylist: Crystal Blandshaw