INTERVIEW

May 7, 2020

HOW I SEE THE WORLD

IN CONVERSATION WITH YOEL GRACIA

Photography by Yoel Gracia
Interview by Melanie Meggs

Yoel Gracia is a street photographer living in Spain. He wants to communicate through his photography how he sees the beauty in the world through his palette of vivid colour and contrasts.

"I'm going to show the world how my eyes see it."

TPL: Yoel, when did you start getting interested in photography? Where do you find your inspiration? Describe your style.

YG: I've always liked art and capturing moments from around me. One and a half years ago was when I started getting serious about photography. Thanks to street photography I can now express myself and free my soul. I find my inspiration on Instagram and in some of the street photography magazines.

I always try to experiment with new planes, compositions and colors. I used to try to show everyday and sometimes implausible scenes, but, nowadays I try to look at the games of lights and shadows always applied to my vision of street photography.

TPL: Who are your favourite artists and photographers?

YG: Alex Webb, Trent Parke, Joakim Möller, Lydia Roberts, Joaquin Pastor Genzor and Çağdaş Kul.

TPL: Do you think equipment is important in achieving your vision in your photography? What would you say to someone just starting out?

YG: I know what is usually said in these cases but it's the truth...You have to go outside take all the photos that suggest something for you and train your photographic eye daily. No matter what camera you use, the place you're with, or the people you're with.

TPL: Have you ever been involved in the artistic world before photography?

YG: No, I didn't. Although today I need art to make sense of my existence.

TPL: Are there any special projects you are currently working on that you would like to let everyone know about?

YG: No I don't. At the moment I take the pictures I see without thinking that they have to go down a path. It's just natural.

TPL: "If I wasn't photographing what would I be doing?...

YG: I'm a primary school teacher and I like to travel each time that I can.